BODY FLUID CYTOLOGY (NGY)
: Ascitic fluid (Paracentesis Fluid), Pleural fluid (Thoracentesis Fluid), Pericardial fluid, Peritoneal fluid (Abdominal Fluid), CSF, NGY
: Call Lab for assistance at 615-322-2721
: If bloody, add 1U/ml Heparin, otherwise collect in clean specimen container (Glass containers will not be accepted.)
: Fresh specimen. Fixative may be added if specimen cannot be refrigerated during transport or cannot be delivered to the lab within 2 hours.
: 100 mL is optimal
: Obtain as much as clinical judgement allows
: 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:: 615-322-2721.
: 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.
: Monday - Friday; closed major Holidays.
: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.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.
: Need patient history of prior or suspected malignancy; i.e., carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma, etc.
: 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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