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Fine Needle Aspiration II

(Pathologist obtains sample)

  • Synonyms: FNA, needle aspiration 
  • 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: Fine needle aspiration, (superficial masses, i.e. breast, thyroid, lymph nodes) 
  • Container: Supplied by the laboratory 
  • Volume: 1-20 slide(s) 
    • Minimum volume: 1 slide

Special instructions

  • Call the cytopathology laboratory (984-1550) in advance to schedule procedure with pathologist for sample procurement, slide preparation and rapid adequacy evaluation.
  • Adequate clinical histories to include imaging results, clinical findings, results of prior surgeries, and, if possible, a differential diagnosis should be provided to the pathologist.

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.