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Beaumont Laboratory

Miscellaneous Fluids

Synovial fluid, Mediastinal fluid, Fluids, Miscellaneous, CYTOLOGY, MEDICAL (NON-GYN/FNA), EPIC: LAB6797, SOFT: CYT


  • Examples of miscellaneous fluids include mediastinal fluid, synovial fluid, etc.
  • See Body Cavity Fluids for preparation of pleural, peritoneal, or pericardial fluid.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: 2.0 mL - 500 mL miscellaneous fluid into a sterile, non-glass, leak-proof container.
  • Label the specimen container with the patient's full name, date of birth, hospital number, source of specimen, and date of test. Please indicate specimen laterality ("R" or "L") if appropriate.
  • In house cytology specimens should be ordered in EPIC order entry. In the “additional orders” field input “CYTOLOGY, MEDICAL (NON-GYN/FNA)” and fill in all appropriate fields. IMPORTANT: ORDER AND SIGN EACH CYTOLOGY TEST INDIVIDUALLY. THE LABORATORY INFORMATION SYSTEM CANNOT FILE MULTIPLE TESTS ORDERED IN THE SAME SESSION AND SOME ORDERS MAY BE LOST. Label specimen container and requisition with SOFT ID labels.
  • All Cytology specimens must be accompanied by a requisition and must include the patient name, hospital and visit number, date of birth, date of specimen collection, pertinent patient history, physician name and source of specimen.

Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Miscellaneous fluid specimens should be submitted to the Cytology Laboratory fresh. Refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F) the unfixed specimen prior to transport. Do not add anticoagulants or preservatives to the specimen. (Min: 2.0 mL)

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Miscellaneous fluid in a sterile, non-glass, leak-proof container, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Min: 2.0 mL)

Rejection Criteria

  • Improper labeling of specimen container or requisition.
  • Specimen not accompanied by requisition.
  • Requisitions not accompanied by a specimen.
  • Improper collection of specimen (such as improper fixation).
  • Any specimen received without all of the required information will result in a delay of processing until all information can be verified.
  • Specimens that leak outside of specimen container into transport bags.


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): Specimen must be refrigerated immediately upon procurement.
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days


Farmington Hills Cytology Laboratory.
Grosse Pointe Cytology Laboratory
Royal Oak Cytology Laboratory
Troy Cytology Laboratory


Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Royal Oak and Farmington Hills).
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Grosse Pointe and Troy).
Results available within 24-36 hours of receipt in the Cytology Laboratory, if received Monday - Friday. The Cytology Laboratory is closed on weekends and holidays. Specimens received after 3:00 p.m. on Friday will be processed the following Monday and resulted on Tuesday.

Test Methodology

Grosse Pointe: ThinPrep® monolayer preparation, smear preparation, and (if possible) cell block preparation.
Royal Oak and Farmington Hills: Cytospin or smear preparation, and (orderable only by a pathologist) cell block preparation.
Troy: Smears and (if possible) cell block preparation.

CPT Code

CPT (Grosse Pointe): 88112, 88104, 88305 (Cell block preparation, if possible).
CPT (Royal Oak and Farmington Hills): 88108, 88104, 88305 (Cell block preparation orderable only by pathologist).
CPT (Troy): 88104, 88305 (Cell block preparation, if possible).
LOINC: 33716-2.

Test Codes


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This directory currently reflects information only for specimens collected and/or processed at the Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Troy campuses.