24 - 48 hours
Spinal Fluid Cytology
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To establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasm and to aid in the diagnosis of cryptococcal meningitis.
Interpretive report provided.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Cells in CSF degenerate rapidly; specimens should be delivered as quickly as possible to the Cytopathology laboratory. Label a clean, leakproof, rigid container with the patient's last name, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier). Place fresh specimen into the container. Submit with an appropriately completed requisition including pertinent patient history. Refrigerate specimens that cannot be delivered immediately and deliver as soon as possible. Do not allow specimen to freeze.