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SPUTUM CYTOLOGY (NGY)

Department: Cytology
Test Synonym(s): NGY
Methodology: Call Lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Tube Type: Clean specimen container; (Glass containers will not be accepted)
Specimen: Fresh specimen (deep cough specimen from the lungs). Fixative may be added if specimen cannot be refrigerated during transport or cannot be delivered within 2 hours.
Volume: Obtain as much as clinical judgement allows.
Temperature: Room temperature if delivered to lab within 2 hours of collection; refrigerate if specimen cannot be in lab within 2 hours. Call lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Stability: Without fixative: 2 hours
Reasons for Rejection: Mislabeled specimen, specimen received in glass container, received in syringes with needles attached, specimen leaked in transit, insufficient fluid for processing
Days Performed: Monday - Friday; closed major holidays
Times Performed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TAT: 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.
Significance: Provide patient's history of transplant, immune disorders and prior or suspected history of malignancy.
Special Instructions: Please call the lab at 615-322-2721 for assistance with proper collection and shipping.

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