Cytopathology

Wash/Washing

  • Synonyms: Lavage
  • Performing lab: Cytopathology (N018); Ext: 41550
  • Availability: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday -Friday
  • Turnaround time: One to two working days
  • Specimen type: Bronchial wash, bladder wash, peritoneal wash, or ureteral wash, urinary wash, etc.
  • Container: Clean container with tight-fitting lid
  • Volume: 2-10 mL
    • Minimum volume: 2 mL

Storage instructions

  • 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.