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Cytology - Body Cavity Effusions/Fluids

Alternative Names:Ascitic Fluid for Cytology
Pleural Fluid for Cytology
Pericardial Fluid for Cytology
Peritoneal Fluid for Cytology
Laboratory:Anatomical Pathology
Test Code:Various codes available - see Procedure Manual
Specimen Types:Fluid
Container Types:
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Collection & Request Instructions:
Body Cavity Effusion Fluids for Cytology
 
Pleural fluids, ascitic (peritoneal) fluids and pericardial fluids should be put into special 120 ml effusion specimen containers. These containers are available from the Cytology laboratory. This volume allows adequate cellular material for all cytological testing, including preparation of cell blocks for immunohistochemical testing. 
 
Large volumes of effusion fluids in drainage bags and bottles are difficult for the laboratory to handle, are not necessary, and are not encouraged.
Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Room Temperature
Use Esky from SDMH or CGMC to Alfred
Assay Frequency:Weekdays