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Cytology - CSF Specimens (Sendaway Test)

Alternative Names:CSF for Cytology
Laboratory:Anatomical Pathology
Test Code:CYT
Medicare rebatable:No
Specimen Types:Cerebrospinal Fluid
Container Types:
CSF Tube 2
CSF Tube 3
CSF Tube 1
Collection & Request Instructions:

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for Cytology

CSF specimens rapidly degrade. Cells contained within a CSF specimen have a short bench life and become unidentifiable in a shorter time than other specimens. 

CSF samples must be sent immediately to Pathology after collection.

Outside of routine Cytology laboratory hours (08:30-17:30) CSF specimens are partially processed by the Microbiology Unit to prevent cellular deterioration. Processing of CSF smears is completed by the Cytology laboratory the next working day.  

Transport Instructions:Room Temperature
Assay Frequency:Weekdays
External Laboratory:The Alfred Pathology Service (APS)
  External Laboratory details...
External Transport Instructions:Send at 4'C with Ice Pack