Cytology, Cyst Fluid


Sunquest Code:NGNCTCoPath Code:NGYN
Epic Code:LAB4600Epic Name:Cytology Non Gyn
Sunquest Code (non-Epic sites):COPATH  
Synonyms:Cyst Fluid Cytology
Methodology:Preparation, routine staining and microscopic evaluation
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Test Includes:Preparation, routine staining, and microscopic evaluation; if special stains or immunohistochemical procedures are indicated, they are ordered by the pathologist and performed at additional charge.
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri, 0800-1500; results are reported within 1-3 days.
Special Instructions:

·          Provide pertinent clinical history.

·          If pancreatic cyst panel is ordered, the cyst fluid must first go the UMMC Endocrine lab. They will send to Cytology department when their testing is completed.

 

 



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Cyst fluid
Optimal Volume:10-200 mL; collect as much fluid as possible
Minimum\Peds Volume:5 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (See Collection Instructions, Plastic Vacuum Container)
Collection Instructions:Add an anticoagulant such as heparin (3 units of heparin per mL of fluid) to prevent clotting. (Clotted fluid cannot be examined satisfactorily since tumor cells may be held in the clot.) Do not send fluids in glass vacuum tube or in chest drainage apparatus as any clots which may form cannot be removed without potential infection hazard. A plastic vacuum container such as the orthopedic patient vacuum is acceptable.
Causes for Rejection:Fixation of any type, specimens with clots. Syringe with needle attached.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Cytology  (UMMC-East Bank, Fairview Ridges - FRH, Fairview Southdale - FSH, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank)


Interpretive

Reference Range:Results reported as negative to positive for malignant cells.
Use:Establish diagnosis of cystic process, i.e., benign, malignant, or infectious.


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