[Histonet] RE: CSF non-GYN testing

Thurby, Christina christina.thurby <@t> bms.com
Mon Jan 28 13:00:38 CST 2013

Hi Ian,
You have a good question but can you tell us a little more about your specimen type?  Are you processing these specimens in a fluid based medium (ie, Thin Prep) or making some cytospins?  Any types of bodily fluids that are collected will vary in cellularity and any microbes that could be potentially present in the patient sample.  It is very difficult to pinpoint a volume that would be appropriate for collection.  Sorry if you already know this - CSF samples are generally collected in multiple tubes and divided through the various departments of the clinical lab and histology based on the battery of tests the physician has requested.  Particularly for CSF, I would request that any and all available remaining samples from the clinical laboratory be given to histology for processing in addition to the histology aliquot for processing.  Some of the CSF samples are very acellular and you'll have a better chance at identifying whatever disease process may be present with a greater volume of CSF sample.

Christina Thurby
Bristol Myers Squibb

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>Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:29:04 +0000
>From: Ian R Bernard <ibernard <@t> uab.edu>
>Subject: [Histonet] CSF GYN Testing
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>What is a perfect amt/size specimen for CSF for Cytology non gyn testing
>per the literature?
>Ian R. Bernard
>Ian R. Bernard, MSHA, HT (ASCP)
>NCOIC-Manager, Anatomic Pathology Lab
>10th Medical Group
>USAF Academy, CO 80840
>Graduate Certificate In Gerontology Student-UAB

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