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SPUTUM CYTOLOGY

Mnemonic

CYTO SPUTUM

Synonym

Respiratory Tract Cytology

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Have patient thoroughly rinse the mouth with water.

Collect

The patient is asked to cough deeply from the diaphragm and expectorate sputum into a properly labeled sterile container with a lid such as a sputum collection cup or a sterile urine container.

Handling

A fresh and unfixed sample is optimal. If delay is unavoidable the specimen should be refrigerated.

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 03:41:38 AM


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