Pancreatic Cyst Panel


Sunquest Code:PCYST  
Epic Code:LAB3666Epic Name:Pancreas Cyst Panel
Order Instructions:Chemistry (UMMC East Bank): Order NGNCT for labeling the processed specimen sent to Cytology. All other sites order PCYST and NGNCT and ship to UMMC East Core for processing.
Synonyms:Pancreatic Cyst Fluid CEA; Mucicarmine Stain; Pancreatic Cyst Fluid Amylase
Methodology:Chemiluminescent immunoassay
Test Includes:Fluid Amylase, Fluid CEA and Mucicarmine stain by Cytology.
Turnaround Time:Fluid CEA and amylase performed and reported 24 hours/day. Cytology performed Mon-Fri; results are reported the same day.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Fluid
Optimal Volume:0.3 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.3 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not process. Send sample and request form to the UMMC East Core Laboratory for processing.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:8 hours at room temperature; 48 hours refrigerated; indefinitely frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry and Cytology  (UMMC-East Bank)


Interpretive

Reference Range:By report. The ADVIA Centaur CEA and Vista 1500 Amylase methods are used. Results obtained with different assay methods or kits cannot be used interchangeably.
Use:Malignant lesions can shed cells into a fluid in close proximity of the tumor. Isolating diagnostic cells from their supernatant aids in the detection or extent of a disease. Using the supernatant from a pancreatic cyst specimen preserves the supernatant, so it can be used at a later date for analysis of tumor markers, viscosity and enzymes.


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