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Fluid Cell Counts

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Haematology

Test information: The purpose of the body fluid cell count analysis is firstly to quantitate the total nucleated cell count (TNC) and secondly, to make a qualitative morphological assessment where required, in order to assist differentiation between infection and malignancy.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Fluid - unspecified;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Serous membranes such as peritoneal/paracentesis (ascitic) fluid, pleural fluid, synovial fluid, peritoneal dialysis (PD) fluid and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF).
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Plain Universal;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Sterile CE-marked Universal Container;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Body fluid samples may arrive in BD Vacutainer® EDTA tubes as per an FBC, 60ml universal sample containers (silver screw cap container) where there is no anticoagulant present.
Samples may also arrive in 20ml Universal containers.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
The laboratory does not provide any clinical interpretation for body fluid samples.
If this is required, the clinician should be directed to the Clinical Haematologist or Cytopathologist accordingly.
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 03-05-2024