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FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION

Synonym(s):

​FNA

Description

Indications

Specimen Required

​1. Prepare one alcohol-fixed slide and one air-dried slide for each pass of aspiration – see Non-Gynaecological smear, fluid and Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) – General Instruction for details.

2. Express the remaining material into a clean container.

3. Submit a maximum of 4 slides per lesion.

4. The slides should be labelled ‘wet-fixed’ or ‘air-dried’ as appropriate.

5. If multiple sites or organs are aspirated, indicate exact site/ organ aspirated both on the request form as well as on the frosted end of slides.

6. If fluid is aspirated, collect into a container. Indicate the site from which fluid is collected and submit to the lab with one form.

7. Clinical information is required for the pathologist to render a diagnosis. Please indicate on the request form the specific site, clinical diagnosis, whether the lesion is solid or cystic and gross appearance of the aspirate if applicable.

Storage and Transport

Method

Test Results

Reference Interval / Value

Turnaround Time

​90 % of cases reported within 2 working days and 100% of cases reported within 7 working days

Day(s) Test Set up

​Daily

Remarks

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