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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.
  • The entire specimen may be submitted in Cytolyt® Preservative (up to 30 cc per vial).
  • Rinse the needle in Cytolyt® Preservative solution by aspirating and ejecting the Cytolyt® solution 2-3 times.

As an alternative, the aspirated breast cyst fluid may be submitted to the laboratory unfixed. 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.

For further information, consultation, or courier pick-up, please call our Cytology Department at (419) 255-4601 or (800) 281-8804.