Non- Gynae Cytopathology


  • These samples are obtained from patients that are in hospital either directly by the use of a syringe or from a tap.
  • This collection technique includes the following sample types:-
  • Ascitic fluid
  • Ovarian Cyst fluid
  • Pericardial fluid
  • Peritoneal washings
  • Pleural fluid
  • Renal cyst fluid
  • Miscellaneous cyst/fluid

Sample Requirements

  • 25ml sterile universal or larger volume sterile containers for larger volumes of fluid.

25ml universal container

50 ml universal container

200ml universal container

  • Anticoagulant is not required in these samples.
  • DO NOT SEND DRAIN BAGS TO THE LABORATORY. They are not designed to survive transport - a fresh sample collected directly from the drain is preferable. If taking from a drain bag mix the contents well before transferring a sample to a sterile plain universal (white top).
  • If aspirating fluid with syringe transfer sample to pot with minimal pressure to avoid damage to cells.


  • Store at fridge temperature.
  • Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature.

Required Information

Turnaround Time

  • Routine non-gynaecological samples will be reported within 5 working days.
  • In cases when more complex pathology requires further laboratory investigations or referral for expert opinion a provisional report will be issued within the above time scale to be followed by a further complete supplementary report.
  • Urgent non-gynaecological samples will be reported within one working day of receipt.
  • For a sample to be treated as urgent the laboratory must be notified on Cheltenham 0300 422 4219.