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481 Fluid Analysis, Cytology

Fluid Analysis, Cytology
Test Code: VFAC
Test Components

WBC - White Blood Count 

RBC - Red Blood Count

VTP - Total Protein

VSPGR - Specific Gravity

VCYTO - Cytology

Species
Alpaca, Avian, Bovine, Camelid, Canine, Caprine, Equine, Feline, Ferret, Mouse, Other, Ovine, Porcine, Primate, Rabbit, Rat
Test Category
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Fluid​ ​EDTA Lavender Top Tube (LTT)/2 unfixed air-dried slides ​Red Top Tube (RTT) ​1.0 ml ​0.5 ml
Collection Processing Instructions

Thoracic fluid, abdominal fluid, synovial/joint fluid and pericardial fluid may be submitted for fluid analysis cytology. 

A lavender top (EDTA) tube is preferred for submission of fluid specimens.  A red top tube or a screw top tube is acceptable, however there is a greater risk of a non-diagnostic specimen due to cellular degeneration.  Submit air-dried, freshly made, direct and/or sediment smears with the fluid specimen.


Indicate fluid type on requisition.

Label container, tube and slides with animal's name and source.

 

Note: Do not package cytology slides with formalin specimens. Formalin vapors will adversely affect cellular components of cytology smears.

 

Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
​Fluid ​Refrigerate ​7 days
​Slides ​Room Temperature ​1 year
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
​Cleveland Fluid Analysis: Monday through Saturday​ 4-6 hours​ Olympus AU​
Marshfield Cytology: Monday through Friday 3-5 days Microscopy
Marshfield ​Fluid Analysis: Monday through Saturday ​4-6 hours ​Olympus AU
​Milwaukee Fluid Analysis: Monday through Saturday​ 4-6 hours​ Olympus AU​
Marshfield Center Laboratory Section
Test Information
Fluid Analysis & Cytology submission price includes 1 – 4 slides for each source - any slide(s) beyond 4 results in an additional charge per slide
 
Note: Joint Fluids - are each a separate source and separate fluid analysis is charged
for each joint fluid submitted
4 smears from submitted joint are included - additional slides from other joints are charged as VCYTO
Test Components

WBC - White Blood Count 

RBC - Red Blood Count

VTP - Total Protein

VSPGR - Specific Gravity

VCYTO - Cytology

Species
Alpaca, Avian, Bovine, Camelid, Canine, Caprine, Equine, Feline, Ferret, Mouse, Other, Ovine, Porcine, Primate, Rabbit, Rat
Test Category
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Fluid​ ​EDTA Lavender Top Tube (LTT)/2 unfixed air-dried slides ​Red Top Tube (RTT) ​1.0 ml ​0.5 ml
Collection Processing Instructions

Thoracic fluid, abdominal fluid, synovial/joint fluid and pericardial fluid may be submitted for fluid analysis cytology. 

A lavender top (EDTA) tube is preferred for submission of fluid specimens.  A red top tube or a screw top tube is acceptable, however there is a greater risk of a non-diagnostic specimen due to cellular degeneration.  Submit air-dried, freshly made, direct and/or sediment smears with the fluid specimen.


Indicate fluid type on requisition.

Label container, tube and slides with animal's name and source.

 

Note: Do not package cytology slides with formalin specimens. Formalin vapors will adversely affect cellular components of cytology smears.

 

Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
​Fluid ​Refrigerate ​7 days
​Slides ​Room Temperature ​1 year
Test Information
Fluid Analysis & Cytology submission price includes 1 – 4 slides for each source - any slide(s) beyond 4 results in an additional charge per slide
 
Note: Joint Fluids - are each a separate source and separate fluid analysis is charged
for each joint fluid submitted
4 smears from submitted joint are included - additional slides from other joints are charged as VCYTO
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
​Cleveland Fluid Analysis: Monday through Saturday​ 4-6 hours​ Olympus AU​
Marshfield Cytology: Monday through Friday 3-5 days Microscopy
Marshfield ​Fluid Analysis: Monday through Saturday ​4-6 hours ​Olympus AU
​Milwaukee Fluid Analysis: Monday through Saturday​ 4-6 hours​ Olympus AU​
Laboratory Section
For most current information refer to the Marshfield Laboratory online reference manual.