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BODY FLUID CYTOLOGY (NGY)

Department: Cytology
Test Synonym(s): Ascitic fluid (Paracentesis Fluid), Pleural fluid (Thoracentesis Fluid), Pericardial fluid, Peritoneal fluid (Abdominal Fluid), CSF, NGY
Methodology: Call Lab for assistance at 615-322-2721
Tube Type: Clean specimen container (no glass containers accepted per OSHA)
Specimen: All body cavity fluids
Volume: 3 cc to 50 cc is optimal
Minimum Volume: 3 cc
Temperature: Room temperature if delivered to lab within 2 hours of collection; refrigerate if specimen cannot be in lab within 2 hours. Some fluids may have fixative added if specimen cannot be delivered within 2 hours and cannot be refrigerated during transport. Call lab for assistance:: 615-322-2721.

Stability: Room temperature: 1 to 2 hours
Reasons for Rejection: Mislabeled specimen, specimen received in a glass container, received on syringes with needles, specimen leaked out 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: 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: Need patient history of prior or suspected malignancy; i.e., carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma, etc.
Special Instructions: Body fluids include ascitic fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid (also called chest fluid, abdominal fluid, peritoneal fluid) Call the lab if assistance is needed: 615-322-2721

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