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Test indication: Detection of malignant cells in nipple discharge specimen.
Specimen type: Direct smear of nipple discharge.
Routine cytopathologic evaluation.
Specimen requirement: Direct smear of nipple discharge.
Supplies: Two clean glass slides (single-end frosted), fixative
(spray fixative or 95% ethanol), test requisition form, biohazard
bag, slide mailer or clean non-sterile leak proof container.
The slide should be fixed immediately. Immediate fixation of
cellular sample is necessary to prevent air-drying which obscures
cellular detail and compromises specimen evaluation. Fixation
can be done by:
Fixed smears should be submitted in slide mailer(s), clearly
labeled with patient name and specimen site(s). Slides in fixative
should be submitted in leak proof containers that protect against
breakage and clearly labeled with patient name and specimen site(s).
Paper requisitions that accompany the specimen or slides in fixative
should be placed in the outside pocket of the biohazard bag to
avoid exposure to any leakage of fixative. Submit the specimen
and the completed test request form
to the Cytopathology Department.
Reference interval: By report.
CPT code(s): 88104 smears and interpretation