Anatomical Pathology - Cytology
Cytology - bronchial washings
Bronchial washing or Bronchioalveolar lavage.
Specimens MUST be properly labelled with patient details - full name and NHI or full name and date of birth, and accompanied with a matching request form.
Please indicate if special stains are required e.g. Oil Red O for lipid-laden macrophages on paediatric specimens.
As per Respiratory Department protocols.
Please ensure specimens containers are properly closed to avoid spillage during transit.
Please note: If Microbiology tests are required please complete a separate laboratory request form for Microbiology and send specimen to CHL Specimen Registration to avoid delayed results and specimens being mis-directed in transit.
Send to laboratory promptly
Spin down sample using the senders' protocol. Add sufficient CRR to the deposit to lyse the red blood cells and fix the specimen (1mL of CRR per drop of red blood cells). Resuspend and send to the laboratory promptly.
Room temperature if in CRR.
Cytological examination of slides.
Specimens centrifuged and cellular material is transferred onto glass slides, fixed and stained for cytological examination under a microscope.
Surplus material may be made into a Cytology cellblock (plasma-thrombin clot) for ancillary studies e.g. special stains; immunohistochemistry; molecular tests.
$100.64 (Exclusive of GST)
Test-adding Cytology can be done for up to 7 days on the original specimen, BUT delays in fixation may make cytological examination and interpretation difficult. A repeat sample may be advisable in this situation, if easily obtainable.
Samples are stored in a refrigerator until reported (usually within 7 days) before being discarded.