All cytology submissions must come with a completed request form that is specific for cytology - cytology submission form. For additional information and tips on sample handling to optimize cytology results, click on cytology sample collection and handling.
Important points when filling out the cytology request form:
Below is a check-list of samples required for our different cytology tests.
* A red-top tube should be submitted if any chemistry tests (e.g. urea nitrogen, triglycerides, glucose) or culture is requested from the fluid. For bloody body cavity fluids, place some fluid in a red-top tube to determine if the sample clots.
** For fluid samples, whenever possible, please also submit 2-3 smears made from the freshly collected fluid and specify if you have made the smears from concentrated or centrifuged (sediment smears) or unconcentrated (direct smears) fluid on the request form and smears (if making more than one type of smear). This helps minimize changes which occur with storage (e.g. cell lysis, bacterial overgrowth) which can impact cytologic results.
*** Submit 2 or more line smears of the fresh urine sediment. This helps minimize changes which occur with storage (e.g. cell lysis, bacterial overgrowth) which can impact cytologic results.