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Brush Biopsy Specimen

  • Performing lab: Cytopathology (N018); Ext: 4-1550
  • Availability: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Turnaround time: One to two working days
  • Specimen type: Bronchial brush, esophageal brush, gastric brush, ureteral brush, pancreatic brush
  • Container:
    • Coplin jar filled with 95% ethyl alcohol (to be used if slides are prepared on site.)
    • Container filled with RPMI.
  • Volume: 1-6 slide(s) (if slides are prepared on site) and/or brush cut off and placed in RPMI for processing in the Cytopathology laboratory (N018)
    • Minimum volume: 1 prepared slide and/or brush submitted in RPMI

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
  • Prepared slides must be labeled with two identifiers

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.