Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Test List

Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Test List
Dept Requested Test Container TAT Special Notes
Cytopathology Ascitic Fluid (malignant cells) 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Mortuary Autopsy   Up to 3 months dependant on the material retained Consent required. See Anatomical Pathology (Mortuary section)/Requesting a consented autopsy.
Cytopathology Breast Cyst Fluid 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology FNA samples

Plastic slide carrier and/or

Cytospin collection Fluid in 10 ml conical tube and/or

Saline solution in 10 ml conical tube

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Bronchial Brushings (malignant cells)  Plastic slide carrier and/or in Cytospin collection Fluid in 10 ml conical tube.

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Bronchial Lavage (malignant cells) 25ml white top universal containing equal amount of Cytospin Collection fluid (obtainable from Cytology Department 52355)

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

 

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
  Cerebrospinal Fluid - see CSF     Cerebrospinal Fluid ie CSF - If sending CSF to more than one Department please send adequate fluid and separate rquest forms
Cytopathology Cervical Cytology ThinPrep LBC container

Service transferred to Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

RCHT enquiry line 01872 252550
Cytopathology CSF - Malignant cells 25ml white top universal  

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Arrange with lab prior to sending on ext 52355.  Contact on-call BMS via the Hospital Switchboard if an out of hours request. Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.  If sending CSF to more than one department, please send adequate amounts of fluid and seperate request forms appropriate to the tests required.
Cytopathology Cyst Fluids 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Faecal Fat Globules (cytology) Universal + Spoon

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Restricted to investigation of paediatric cases only.
Cytopathology Fluids -ascitic, joint, pleural 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Gastric Brushings (malignant cells) Plastic slide carrier and/or in Cytospin collection Fluid in 10 ml conical tube.

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Gastric Washings (malignant cells) 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Nipple Discharge Plastic slide carrier.

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Oesophageal Brushings (malignant cells) Plastic slide carrier and/or in Cytospin collection Fluid in 10 ml conical tube.

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Pericardial Fluid 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Peritoneal Fluid 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Pleural Fluid (malignant cells) 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Sputum (malignant cells) Wide Mouth containing an equal volume of cytospin collection fluid.

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Cytopathology Urine (malignant cells) 25ml white top universal

5 days*

*>50% reported within 5 days - more complex cases may take longer.

Reference should be made to special notes in the Cytopathology section.
Histopathology Copper (Dry weight) Dry container 6 weeks Annotate 'DRY COPPER WEIGHT REQUEST' on request form.  Place specimen dry in wide mouth container.  DO NOT ADD FORMALIN. Specimen sent to another centre for testing.
Histopathology Electron Microscopy 4.0% gluteraldehyde 1 month Arrange with the Histology laboratory prior to taking sample- tel extn 52362
Histopathology Frozen Section Send sample in dry pot

Less than 1 hour *complex/multiple blocks/multiple specimens may take longer.

Arrange with Histology Laboratory prior to taking sample - tel extn 52362 . See notes in 'Sending High Risk Specimens' section if patient is known, or suspected, to be an infection hazard.*Please note that we are no longer able to offer a frozen section service to count neutrophils in specimens from orthopaedic joint revision surgery (see explanatory note in Histopathology Section)
Histopathology Histological examination Formalin unless frozen section or other specialist request 3-14 days Most specimens are reported within the 3-14 day period.  Complex or specimens that need more consideration or additional special investigations will take longer to report.  
Histopathology Immunofluorescence (IMF) - skin/mucosal biopsies  In time for the next Dermatology CPC Meeting (following the date of the biopsy) In time for the next Dermatology CPC Meeting (following the date of the biopsy) Reference should be made to special notes in 'Immunofluorescence (IMF) on skin and mucosal biopsies'  section
Histopathology Iron (Dry weight) Dry container 6 weeks Annotate 'DRY IRON WEIGHT REQUEST' on request form.  Place specimen dry in wide mouth container.  DO NOT ADD FORMALIN. Specimen sent away for testing.
Histopathology Ovarian tumours Dry container 3-14 days Reference should be made to special notes in the 'Gynaecological (ovarian and endometrial tumours)' section. Most specimens are reported within the 3-14 day period.  Complex or specimens that need more consideration or additional special investigations will take longer to report.  
Histopathology Renal Biopsy Provided by BMS on attendance at the biopsy. Alternatively biopsies may be transported direct to the lab in saline soaked gauze for examination and transfer to the correct containers. 3-14 days BMS attendance at renal biopsies is by arrangement. Telephone the laboratory 52362. A BMS will attend if possible; this may be difficult over the lunchtime period 12.30 – 13.30. (Biopsies may be transported direct to the laboratory for examination, in cases of emergency). Biopsies must be received before 16.00 to ensure processing overnight.  
Histopathology Skin for Immunofluorescence (IMF)   3 weeks Reference should be made to special notes in 'Immunofluorescence (IMF) on skin and mucosal biopsies'  section
Neuropathology Intra-operative diagnosis -Frozen section/brain smear Send sample in dry pot Less than 1 hour Arrange with laboratory prior to taking sample - tel extn 54408 . See notes in 'Sending High Risk Specimens' section if patient is known, or suspected, to be an infection hazard.
Neuropathology Muscle Biopsies   2 weeks Reference should be made to special notes in the 'Muscle and Nerve Biopsies' section.
Neuropathology Nerve Biopsies   4-6 weeks Reference should be made to special notes in the 'Muscle and Nerve Biopsies' section.
Mortuary Post Mortem Examination   Up to 3 months dependant on the material retained Consent required. See Anatomical Pathology (Mortuary section)/Requesting a consented autopsy.
Neuropathology Skin biopsy for small fibre neuropathy   2 weeks Arrange with lab prior to sending on ext 54408 and see special notes in 'Skin biopsies for Intraepidermal Nerve Fibre Density' section.
Neuropathology/ Molecular Biology MGMT assay     Contact either Dr D Hilton on 31360 or Dr A Shivane on 32033
Neuropathology/ Molecular Biology Loss of hetrozygosity 1p and 19q in oligodendrogliomas 10ml EDTA blood   Contact Joanna Farrugia, Molecular biology 52408.


 

Review Status

Reviewed September 2018 
This page will be updated December 2018

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