Department: 
Cytology
Laboratory: 
Cytology
Pseudonyms: 
Tzank Smear
Test Code: 
Cyto
Availability: 
Weekdays
Collection Requirements: 
Please see notes
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Reference Range: 
Notes: 
Smear the material onto a labelled glass slide and fixed immediately in 95% alcohol. Label frosted end on the glass slides in lead pencil with the patients name, UR No. and specimen type. Fix the slides immediately in 95% alcohol DO NOT ALLOW THE SMEAR TO DRY. Contact Cytology Ext 9342 7752 if assistance with collection is required. _x000D__x000D_This technique may be applied to fungal and viral lesions. As the surface of the skin is physiologically dry most of the superficial lesions should be moistened before scraping. This not only makes it softer for easier scraping but also removes most of the degenerate top layer.