Cytopathology

Anal Pap

  • Synonyms: Rectal Pap, Anal Rectal Cytology
  • Performing lab: Cytopathology (N018); Ext. 41550
  • Turnaround time: One to two days
  • Specimen type: Liquid-based cytology specimen
  • Container: Thinprep Preservcyt vial
  • Volume: 20ml fluid

Special instructions

  • Use Dacron swab or brush/spatula combination, rinse the devise in the Preservcyt solution by vigorously swirling. Discard device.
  • If delivered after hours, place in refrigerator (N018- available 24 hours)

Specimen transport requirements

  • Cytologic specimens should be labeled with printed barcoded labels (do not put label on tops)
  • Placed in a biohazard bag and transported with the printed requisition to the Cytology Laboratory, N018
  • Logged in and placed on the top shelf of the refrigerator

Causes for rejection

  • Inadequate information

Additional information

  • Complete the Non-gyn cytology order in EPIC to include pertinent history, prior diagnostic/ therapeutic procedures, X-ray, clinical findings and results of previous surgeries. Print the requisition and submit with the specimen to Cytopathology – N018. Place on the top shelf of the refrigerator.
  • Outreach facilities should use the preprinted “University Outreach Pathology Requisition” and submit with the sample.
  • Per ASCP guidelines, testing for high-risk HPV types will only be performed reflexively on cases with current cytologic diagnosis of ASC-US. Requests for high-risk HPV testing are also accepted, but must be requested in the EPIC order.