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Collection of Bone Marrow Specimen in Physician Office

Bone marrow aspirate Place the aspirate in a lavender top tube. Mix well by inversion. Label tube with patient's name, date and specimen type.
Bone marrow for flow cytometry Place 5 mL of aspirate in a lavender top tube (1 mL minimum). Mix well by inversion. Label tube with patient's name, date and specimen type.
Bone marrow for culture Place 1-2 mL of aspirate in a green top tube. Mix well by inversion. Label tube with patient's name, date and specimen type.
Bone marrow for cytogenetic study Aspirate 3-5 mL into heparinized syringe containing 1/10 cc of sodium heparin. Mix well. Place specimen in a green top tube. Mix well by inversion at least 20 times.
Bone biopsy Place specimen in a small biopsy formalin container. Label container with patient's name, date and specimen type.

Please include a copy of a recent CBC, platelet count and reticulocyte count (if available) or include an appropriately drawn sample of peripheral blood in a lavender top blood collection tube. Please label this specimen as peripheral blood and submit it with the remaining portions of the bone marrow examination.

A completed PLA tissue examination requisition must be submitted with each bone marrow aspirate and/or biopsy.

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