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Cytology, Breast Nipple Secretion  (INACTIVE as of 10/05/15; Refer to 2000623)
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.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
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
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Aliases
  • Breast Discharge, Cytology
  • Nipple Discharge for Cytology