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Lab Dept:

Other Fluids

Test Name:

CYTOLOGY FOR MALIGNANT CELLS

General Information

Lab Order Codes:

CYTO (specify fluid type)

Synonyms:

Cytospin prep; Cytology; Cytology, Body Fluid; Cyto

CPT Codes:

89050 - cell count, miscellaneous body fluids
88108 – Cytopathology, concentration technique, smear and interpretation

Test Includes:

RBC & WBC counts; smear

Logistics

Test Indications:

Used to identify normal and/or malignant cells in various body fluids.

Lab Testing Section:

Hematology, Anatomic Pathology

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

1 – 3 days

Special Instructions:

Specimen must arrive within 1 hour of collection. Please note source of specimen on the request form.

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Body Fluid or CSF

Container:

Sterile Screw-capped vial or plastic syringe, capped

Draw Volume:

3 mL or as much as possible

Processed Volume:

Minimum: 1 mL fluid or CSF

Collection:

Dependant on type of specimen collected. Use aseptic aspiration technique. Maintain sterility and forward CSF/fluid promptly at ambient temperature only.

Special Processing:

N/A

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Clotted sample; mislabeled or unlabeled specimens

Interpretive

Reference Range:

N/A

Critical Values:

N/A

Limitations:

Interpretation may be limited by specimen quality

Methodology:

Manual chamber counts and light microscopy

References:

Kjeldsberg C et al (1993) Body Fluids, ed 3, american Society of Clinical Pathologists Press

Mayo Clinic Workshop (1988) Morphology of Body Fluids



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