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BREAST SECRETIONS/DISCHARGE

Mnemonic

CYTO SPEC

Synonym

Breast Cytology - Nipple smear

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Allow a drop of the expressed secretion to accumulate on the tip of the nipple. Take a clean glass slide with the frosted end already labeled with the patient’s name, date of birth and designation of specimen site as right or left nipple. While immobilizing the breast draw the smooth portion of the slide across the nipple creating a thin-layer smear of the sample. Do not allow the specimen to air dry.

Handling

Fix the prepared slide(s) immediately by immersing in 95% ethanol (Pap bottle). Submit excess fluid that may be collected in Cytolyt fixative and properly label the vial with patient’s name, date of birth and site of specimen.

Testing Information

Performed

Mon - Fri

Reported

2-3 days

Method

Pap stain/microscopy

Reference Values

Reference Values

Professional interpretation provided by Cascade Pathology Services.

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:40:36 AM


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