MISCELLANEOUS CYTOLOGY (NGY)
: Call Lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
: Clean specimen container (Glass containers will not be accepted)
: Call the lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
: Room temperature if delivered to lab within 2 hours of collection; refrigerate if specimen cannot be in lab within 2 hours. Some specimens may have fixative added if specimen cannot be delivered within 2 hours and cannot be refrigerated during transport. Call lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Reasons for Rejection
: Mislabeled specimen, specimen received in glass container, received in syringes with needles attached, specimen leaked in transit, insufficient fluid for processing.
: Monday - Friday; closed major holidays
: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.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.
: Patient history of prior or suspected malignancy is needed; carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma, etc.
: Please call the lab at 615-322-2721 if this is the first time sending specimen or to confirm proper collection and shipping instructions
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