Sputum - Cytology
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).
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.
Specimens should be collected on three consecutive days. These
should be expectorated early in the day before eating, drinking or
cleaning teeth. Specimens contaminated with food particles are not
helpful to the assessment. Send the specimens daily. Do not save
until all three are collected.
Send the material that is produced in one expectoration.
White top sputum 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 refrigerated. Outside
laboratory hours, specimens can be left in the post box outside the
pathology reception on the first floor of the tower block.
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