Pathology Handbook

Breast Cyst Fluid

Request Form 

Request on ICE (if ICE is not available, a downloadable non-gynae request form is available via a link in the Cellular Pathology section of the Pathology Handbook). 


On request.

Turnaround Time

Reports are normally issued between 4-6 days of reciept. Samples requiring extra work may take longer, please contact the lab for further information on delayed reports.


It is not necessary to send all specimens of breast cyst fluid for cytological examination. Only if the specimen is uniformly blood-stained is cytological examination indicated. 


Send as much fluid as can be conveniently obtained.


Sterile universal container.

Universal pot


Samples should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible after collection. if there is a delay between collection and transport, the sample should be refrigirated. Outside laboratory hours, specimens can be left in the post box outside the pathology reception on the first floor of the tower block.

Lab Handling

Store at 2 - 5ÂșC until the sample is prepared. 

Causes For Rejection

Unlabelled/inadequately labelled sample. Inadequately completed request form. Both the sample and request form must contain three patient identifiers.