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​Cyst Fluid

Cytology


​ ​Specimen Requirements

Type​
  • ​Cyst contents
​Container
  • Sterile, leak-proof specimen container
​Collection Procedure
  • ​Label container with patient’s last name, first name and personal health number (PHN), date of collection and source
  • Transfer cyst contents to container. If less than 1.0 mL add Cytolyt (minimum one part Cytolyt to three parts specimen) or 50 per cent alcohol (one part specimen to one part alcohol). Note addition of Cytolyt or alcohol on requisition.
  • Securely tighten container and place in biohazard bag. Indicate source on requisition. Place completed requisition, with label facing out, in outside pouch.
  • Deliver to Cytology laboratory and place in refrigerator
​Required Volume
  • Optimal Volume: 5 mL 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)
​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-147 v2

Last Modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 |
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