|Alternate:||Pleural fluid; Thoracentesis; Peritoneal fluid; Ascitic fluid; Paracentesis fluid; Pericardial fluid; Pericardiocentesis; Synovial fluid; Culdocentesis; Cyst fluid|
|Includes:||Routine cytological evaluation of smears, cytospin slides, or cell blocks when indicated.|
|Department:||Pathology, Histopathology Laboratory|
|Available:||Mon-Fri, first shift only. Contact hospital operator after hours, on weekends, or on holidays, to page the pathologist on call.|
|Turnaround:||24 - 48 hours|
|Specimen:||Fresh body fluid: Deliver immediately to the Histopathology Laboratory|
|Volume:||Not less than 0.5 mL|
|Container:||A container suitable for specimen transport|
|Temperature:||After hours place the specimen in the Clinical Laboratory refrigerator.|
|Rejection:||Fixation of any kind, grossly bloody specimens and specimens not refrigerated after department hours.|
|Normal:||Negative to abnormal cells consistent with malignant neoplasm.|
|Uses:||To establish the presence of a primary or metastatic neoplasm. To aid in the diagnosis of rheumatoid pleuritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, myeloproliferative disorders, fungal and parasitic infestations or serous cavities and fistulas involving serous cavities.|
|Limitations:||Allowing fluid to stand for prolonged periods before processing. Even refrigeration may cause deterioration and artifact.|
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