Laboratory Services

Abdominal Fluid

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Abdominal Fluid

Ascites/Peritoneal effusion, Peritoneum

Specimen Type

Fluid drainage

Specimen Requirements

Specimen container, cytology fixative optional.

If flow cytometry is requested, submit an additional 2-3 ml specimen in RPMI. RPMI available upon request.

Required Information

Complete the Incyte Diagnostics requisition with the patient's demographics and relevant clinical history. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, second unique identifier, and specimen source/site.


Maintain the specimen at room temperature or refrigerate if unfixed and 72 hours until transport.

Unacceptable Specimen Conditions

Unlabeled specimens, Specimens in incorrect fixative (such as formalin) can only be processed as a cell block.

Department (code)


Estimated TAT

13 business days from receipt

Testing Schedule



Specimen: 7 days
Slides: 10 years

CPT Code(s)

88112 - Monolayer
88305 - Cytology Cell Block

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