Pathology Handbook

Cerebrospinal Fluid - Cytology

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). 

Availability

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.

Specimen

N/A

Volume

Send as much fluid as can be conveniently obtained.

Container

Sterile universal container

Universal pot 

Transport

Specimens should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible after collection. If there is a delay between collection ans transport the sample should be refrigerated. 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 - 5ºC 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.