Test Code: 
Cyto
Department: 
Cytology
Pseudonyms: 
Bronchial brushings, Oesophageal brushings, Bile duct brushings
Collection Requirements: 
Please see notes
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekdays
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Cytology
Specimen Requirments: When the brushing is completed, smear the brush 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. Plastic coplin jars containing 95% alcohol are available from the Cytology laboratory Ext 9342 7853. Immediate fixation is a pre-requisite for all brushing sites - oesaphageal, gastric and bronchial. Air drying artefact caused by a delay in transferring the materal from the brush to the glass slide and subsequently into the fixative makes microscopic diagnostic interpretation difficult. Thus a delay in fixation will yield unsatisfactory or inconclusive results. A post-bronchoscopy sputum should routinely be sent for cytology.