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​Esophageal Brushings/ Washings


​ ​Specimen Requirements

  • ​Esophageal brushings (EB), Esophageal Washings (EW)
  • Sterile, leak-proof specimen container
  • Microscopic slides and slide container, if submitting slides
​Collection Procedure
  • ​Label container(s) with patient’s last name, first name and personal health number (PHN), date of collection and source (EB or EW)
  • Brushings:  If submitting slides:  With pencil, label slides with patient's last name, first name and personal health number (PHN).  Roll brush back and forth across slide.  Fix immediately with spray fixative (preferred) or place slides into labelled container of 95 per cent alcohol.
  • Washings: collect in saline into a labelled container. Write “EW” on container
  • Securely tighten container(s) and place in biohazard bag. Indicate source (EB and/or EW) 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)
  • ​Refrigerate
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

  • ​Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Testing Site​
  • ​SCH
  • ​Microscopic evaluation of liquid-based and conventional cytologic preparation
​Specimen Retention
  • ​Until case is signed out by pathologist
  • Slides are retained for 20 years

Testing Ordering Requirements​ ​

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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-148 v2

Last Modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 |
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