Cytopathology

Body Cavity Fluids

Synonyms: Effusion, paracentesis, pleural fluid, thoracentesis, ascites, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid

•Performing lab: Cytopathology (N018) Ext: 41550

  • Availability: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Turnaround time: One to two working days
  • Specimen type: Pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, ascitic fluid
  • Container: 50-1000 mL container with tight-fitting lid
  • Volume: 50-1000 mL
    • Minimum volume: 5 mL

Storage information

  • Immediate refrigeration. (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 identification
  • Improper fixation
  • Specimen type not identified

More information

  • Complete the non-gyn cytology order in EPIC to include pertinent history, prior diagnostic/therapeutic procedures, X-ray, clinical findings and results of prior surgeries.
  • Outreach facilities should use the preprinted “University Outreach Pathology Requisition” and submit with the sample.
  • Indicate request for additional special stains or other procedures.
  • Indicate if body fluid precautions are necessary.