Cytological examination of well-preserved cellular material for the detection of normal and/or atypical cell changes affecting the specimen site.
Anatomical Pathology - Cytology
Cytology - Fine Needle Aspirate rinse
Cytology - FNA rinse
FNA rinse, cytology
Specimen Collection Protocols:
Aspirate cells from the specimen site using a syringe needle (22g or 24g). Expel collected cellular material into a centrifuge tube or specimen pottle containing CytoRich Red fixative (for suspected carcinomas), alternatively, into a centrifuge tube or specimen pottle containing RPMI solution ( for suspected lymphomas).
Please ensure that the tubes/pottles are fully closed to ensure specimen does not leak in transit.
Deliver to lab ASAP
If specimens are delayed or late in the day, please refrigerate (4 degrees Celsius) and send immediately the next day.
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.
Aliquot Transport to CHL - ASAP. If specimens are delayed or late in the day, please refregirate (4 degrees Celsius) and send immediately the next day.
Cytological examination of slides.
Specimens centrifuged and cellular material is transferred onto glass slides, fixed and stained for cytological examination under a microscope.
Some material is made into a Cytology cellblock (plasma-thrombin clot), which can be used for ancillary studies e.g. special stains, immunocytochemistry.
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Aspirate fluid into a specimen pottle or tube containing anti-coagulant for blood stained samples.
Special stains or immunocytochemistry (if required), may add 1-2 days to the turnaround time.
Specimen pottles pre-filled with CytoRich Red can be obtained from the Cytology Dept Preparation Area by calling Extn: 80583. Containers will then be sent via Orderlies.
Test-adding Cytology can be done 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.
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