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Methodology: Smears / Cytyc Cytolyt Prep
Edit Date: 9/19/2007
Performed: Monday-Friday
Released: 24-48 hours, weekdays
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: Three successive morning specimens, or for pooled sputum, collect sputum throughout the day in a clean container.
Handling: Containers can be held ambient after collection has begun if using Cytolyt Collection Fluid fixative, otherwise refrigerate fresh specimen. Send separate specimen without fixative if other testing ordered.
Stability: Cytolyt Collection Fluid fixative stable 10 days ambient. Fresh specimen ambient 2 hours; refrigerate for longer storage.
Standard Volume: 5-10 mL sputum.
Minimum Volume: 1 mL sputum.
Transport: Specimen in Cytolyt Collection Fluid fixative ambient. Fresh specimen refrigerated.
Comments: Specimen in Cytolyt Collection Fluid fixative cannot be split with Microbiology. Refer to the Surgical Pathology section of the User Guide for special specimen collection instructions.
Rejection Criteria: Fresh specimen held ambient more than 2 hours; specimen in Cytolyt Collection Fluid fixative held more than 10 days.

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