Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Fluids for Cytology

Test Name: Fluids for Cytology
Alternate Name(s): Effusion Washing
Pleural, Peritoneal, Pericardial, CSF, Ocular
Laboratory: Cytopathology-UH
Specimen Type: Body Fluid
Collection Information: Click here for the External Client Cytology Collection Method if you are not at LHSC or SJH.
Test Schedule: Weekdays
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
Within one week
1 day
Reference Range:  
Effective Date: 2005-08-01
Revised Date: 2012-08-02
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Clinical history is an important component for diagnostic interpretation.
Special Processing: The specimen is Thinprep processed so the total specimen volume should not exceed one orange top specimen container with Cytolyt included.
Comments: Cytopathology Laboratory
Room A3-242
(519) 685-8500 x 36391/36392
Method of Analysis:  
Critical Information Required: All specimens are to be aliquotted into a specimen container with Cytolyt solution; Large glass or plastic drainage quantities shipped directly to the laboratory will not be processed.
Storage & Shipment: Specimen container must be labelled with patient identification, specimen type and a Cytology fixative label previous to transport.
Transport all specimens in a biohazard transport bag with the specime in the ziploc area separating the requisition in the side pocket.
System Codes: 
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