Non-Gynae Cytopathology


  • The non-gynae cytological analysis of urine is an important investigative tool in the screening and diagnosis of appropriate cases when malignancy of the urinary tract is either suspected or needs to be excluded.
  • Do not collect the first specimen of the day as this will be stale and therefore unsuitable for microscopic examination. Collect the second specimen of the day (Collection of a Urine Sample for Cytology).
  • Non incidental findings such as red and white blood cells, casts or non-bacterial infections such as candida will be reported if seen but this is not the method of choice for their detection. An M.S.U. specimen for Microbiology should be requested when general urine microscopy and quantification is required.

25 ml universal container
  • Collect specimen into 25ml sterile universal container
  • Samples should be delivered fresh to the laboratory.
  • Ensure patient is instructed to label the container with forename, surname, date of birth and date the sample was taken.


  • Store at room 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.
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