FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION (FNA)
: FNA, Cytology, Fine Needle Biopsy
: Three methods: 1) Our pathologists can perform the FNA procedure if the lesion is palpable, 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.
: Call the lab 615-322-2721
: Call the lab for assistance at 615-322-2721
: Call Lab for assistance at 615-322-2721
Reasons for Rejection
: Mislabeled specimen, specimen received in a glass container, received in syringes with needles attached, specimen leaked in transit, insufficient fluid for processing, or pre-stained smears.
: Monday - Friday; closed major holidays
: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
: 48 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.
: Provide body site, need patient history of prior or suspected malignancy; i.e., carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma, etc.
: 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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