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Test Code Nipple Discharge Nipple Discharge Cytology

Collection Container

Cytology fixative container (PreservCyt®)

Specimen Required

Nipple Discharge

Other Acceptable Specimen Types

CytoLyt® Solution

Special Handling Instructions

Limitations: Allowing specimen to air dry prior to fixation will render it unsatisfactory for interpretation

Transport Temperature

Room Temperature

Specimen Stability

Stable in proper fixative

Reasons for Rejection

Improper fixation; air drying artifact; unlabeled container; failure to include pertinent history

Days and Times Performed

Monday - Friday, 7:30 am -5 am

Turnaround Time

24 - 48 hours; for same day processing, specimens must be received by 2 pm

Reference Ranges

Negative to abnormal cells consistent with malignant neoplasm

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