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​Body Fluids

Cytology


​ ​Specimen Requirements

Type​
  • ​Pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, pleural fluid, pelvic washings or peritoneal washings
​Container
  • Sterile, leak-proof specimen container
  • Do not send fluids in syringes, transfusion bags or glass liter bottles
​Collection Procedure
  • ​Label container with patient’s first and last name, personal health number (PHN), date of collection and source of fluid
  • Do not send large volumes (>100 mL). Mix specimens and aliquot into appropriate containers. Any clots present should be submitted with the specimen.
  • Securely tighten container and place in biohazard bag. Indicate source of fluid on requisition. Place completed requisition, with label facing out, in outside pouch.
  • Deliver to Cytology laboratory and place in refrigerator
​Required Volume
  • Optimal Volume: 5mL to 40 mL
  • Minimum Volume: 1 mL
    (Submitting the minimum volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory/reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum volume may require a second collection)
  • Maximum Volume: 100 mL

​Stability/Storage
  • ​Refrigerate
  • If a delay in delivery is anticipated (greater than one day), add Cytolyt (minimum one part Cytolyt to three parts specimen) or 50 per cent alcohol (one part alcohol to one part specimen)
    • Note addition of Cytolyt or alcohol on requisition
  • DO NOT USE FORMALIN
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

Availability​
  • ​Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Testing Site​
  • ​SCH
​Methodology
  • ​Microscopic evaluation of liquid-based cytologic preparation
​Specimen Retention
  • ​Until case is signed out by pathologist
  • Slides are retained for 20 years
​Alternate Test Names
  • ​Paracentesis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Paracolic washings
  • Cul-de-sac fluids

Testing Ordering Requirements​ ​

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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-142 v2

Last Modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 |
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