The following procedure should be observed when aspirating breast cyst fluid:

  • Label a syringe or transport container with the patient's full name (first and last), date of birth and sample collection site.
  • Using a needle and syringe, aspirate breast cyst fluid.
  • Carefully remove the needle from the syringe and replace it with the needle cap. Do not submit a syringe with the needle attached.
  • Send all of the aspirated fluid to the laboratory as soon as possible. Keep the specimen refrigerated.

As an alternative, the breast cyst fluid may be added to Cytolyt® Preservative.

For further information, consultation, or courier pick-up, please call our Cytology Department at (419) 255-4600 or (800) 281-8804.