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FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION (FNA)

Department: Cytology
Test Synonym(s): FNA, Cytology, Fine Needle Biopsy
Methodology: Three methods: 1) Our pathologists can perform the FNA procedure, call lab to schedule at 615-322-2721, 2) we can send a cytotechnologist to assist with FNA to determine adequacy, or 3) clinician can collect and submit specimen to lab, see VUMC FNA policy for collection procedure. Call lab for help at 615-322-2721.
Tube Type: Call the lab 615-322-2721
Specimen: Call the lab for assistance at 615-322-2721
Reasons for Rejection: Specimen received with needle, pre-stained smears, mislabeled specimen
Days Performed: Monday - Friday; closed major holidays
Times Performed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TAT: 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) for cases without cell block or special stains; cases with cell block or special stains may require a longer turn-around time.

Significance: Provide body site, need patient history of prior or suspected malignancy; i.e., carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma, etc.
Special Instructions: Please call the lab at 615-322-2721 for assistance before collecting an FNA specimen. Also please refer to VUMC clinical policy: Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Service #CL-30-08.15 for additional information.

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