Cytology, Breast Nipple Secretion
8209700
 
Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
BN
Methodology
Microscopy
Performed
Mon-Fri
Reported
1-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Indications: Detection of malignant cells in nipple discharge specimens.  
Collect
Direct smear of nipple discharge.

Supplies:
Two clean glass slides (single-end frosted), fixative (spray fixative or 95% ethanol), test request form.

Collection Procedure:
Label the two slides with the patient's first and last name, date of birth and specimen site in pencil on the frosted end. Collect a small amount of nipple secretion directly onto one of the slides. Oppose a second glass slide onto the first, allowing the collected material to provide surface tension between the two slides, and then gently and quickly pull the two slides apart in a horizontal motion to distribute the material in a thin film over both slides. The smears should be immediately fixed either by spray fixative or in 95% ethyl alcohol to prevent air-drying. Submit the specimen and the completed test request form to the Cytopathology Laboratory.  
Specimen Preparation
 
Storage/Transport Temperature
 
Unacceptable Conditions
Refer to the Specimen Rejection section in the Specimen Transport Guide.  
Remarks
 
Stability
Fixed slides: Indefinitely  
Reference Interval
By report
Interpretive Data
Note
CPT Code(s)
88104
Components
Cross References
  • Breast Discharge, Cytology
  • Nipple Discharge for Cytology