Abdominal Fluid Cytology
- Abdominal Effusion Cytology
- Pelvic Washings
Establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasms; aid in the diagnosis of fungal and parasitic infestation of serous cavities
Allowing fluid to stand for a prolonged period before processing may cause deterioration and artifact. First tapping of fluids of long duration may be degenerated and require a second tap after reaccumulation.
The fluid will be centrifuged, supernatant poured off, and diagnostic cells aspirated from the remaining material. Filters, monolayers, and/or cytospins will be made along with a cell block, if applicable. Microscopic examination is performed.