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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; no glass containers can 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: As much as can be collected. 5 cc to 15 cc is optimal
Stability: Without fixative: 2 hours
Reasons for Rejection: Mislabeled specimen, insufficient fluid for processing
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 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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