CSF CYTOLOGY (NGY)
: Cerebral Spinal Fluid, Brain Cyst Fluid, CNS Body Fluid
: Call Lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
: Clean specimen container and/or the Plastic LP tube. (Third or fourth tube collected is preferable for cytology) (No glass containers will be accepted.)
: Fresh specimen - deliver to the lab immediately
: Obtain as much as clinical judgement allows
: Refrigeration is optimal
Reasons for Rejection
: Mislabeled specimen,specimen received in a glass container, received in syringes with needles attached, specimen leaked out in transit, insufficient fluid for processing
: Monday - Friday; closed major Holidays
: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
: 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) for routine cases without cell block or special stains may require a longer turn-around time
: Need patient history of prior or suspected malignancy; i.e., carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma, etc.
: We must be informed if patient had prior or has suspected Lymphoma or Leukemia. Specimens on patients with this history are directed to another laboratory for different tests and results (Hematology and Hemepathology). For patients with a history of or suspected carcinoma (or malignancy other than Heme) should be directed to Cytopathology.
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