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Nipple discharge

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Cytopathology

Test information: Nipple secretions can be sent for cytological assessment.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Nipple discharge;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Plastic slide box. Ensure sample vial is labelled with specimen site / type. Ensure sample vial is labelled with specimen site / type
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Glass slides;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Glass slides;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Nipple discharge is collected and a small drop placed onto a slide labelled with at least 3 patient identifiers and the sample type. A second slide is used to create a smear preparation (training can be arranged with the cytology department).
Slides must be allowed to fully air dry before they are placed into a container.
Sample vials must be placed into a clear sealed specimen bag prior to sending to the laboratory accompanied with a completed request form.
The sample must be transported to the department using the specimen tube or red designated Pathology transport boxes.
These boxes are used by NHS couriers and hospital Porters. They will contain any spillage, and ensure data on samples is kept confidential.
Specimens should never be placed in pockets, handbags etc.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Interpretative comments
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 03-05-2024