Specimen: Aspirated material, fluid in ETDA (for cytology) and red or lemon top tube/pottle (in case culture is required)
Container: Glass slides, slide container, EDTA (for cytology only as EDTA is bacteriostatic), red or lemon top tube /pottle (culture)
See “Cytology – solid mass aspirates”. Try to aspirate both solid areas and fluid-filled areas of the mass. With any fluid, always send a direct smear with the remainder of the fluid in EDTA (for cytology) and red or lemon top tube /pottle (for culture, if required)
Special handling/shipping requirements:
Do not ship with formalin (or wrap and bag separately) as the formalin fumes prevent cellular uptake of differential stains rendering the slides non-diagnostic.
General information about the disease: N/A
General information about when this test is indicated: N/A
Comparison with other related tests: N/A
Refer to samples types and collection for more information.