Specimen Requirements

Title

CYTOLOGY, SPUTUM

Specimen Requirement

Collect fresh early morning expectorated sputum (not saliva or nasal aspirate) into a sterile plastic screw capped container. First cough specimen is the most rewarding. Refrigerate specimen but do not allow specimen to freeze. Note: Please use the required pap/tissue requisitions provided.

Methodology

Papanicolaou stain.

Stability

Refrigerated: 72 hours

Reference Range

Presence or absence of malignant cells. Abnormal cells related to certain non-neoplastic conditions.

Turnaround

2-4 days.

Clinical Use

Aids in the detection of malignant cells.

Test Code

CYTO