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Smears, Histo/Path

Clinical System Name

Cytology Final Report




Conjunctival Smear




Microscopic assessment of smeared material to count and/or characterize cells and other materials within sample. The sample is stained and reviewed by pathologist.

Sample Requirements

Specimen:  Body fluid/exudate, Urine

Container(s):  see note

Preferred Vol:  na

Minimum Vol:  na


Note:   Use a clean dry slide.  Using a pencil, label slide with patient name, MRN, and collection date.  Smear with exudate and fix specimen immediately in 95% alcohol; alternatively, smear can be air dried.  If an Oil Red O is being requested, air dry slide.  Record time of specimen collection on the Pathology request form and deliver immediately to 8th floor lab CPA or Histology (OC.8.901).  Specific handling instructions may be obtained from Histology at (206) 987-2580 or Pathology (206) 987-2103.


Processing Instructions

Reject due to: na

Spin:  N

Aliquot:  N

Temp: RT


Note: Give specimen to Core Hematology for processing.  They will stain, coverslip and label the sample, then forward it to Pathology for evaluation. 


A completed Pathology request form including hospital number, name, date of birth, date of procedure, pre-op diagnosis, clinical history, ordering physician, and any other pertinent information must be submitted with the specimen.


Off-site collection: For Children's Regional Laboratories (Bellevue and South Clinic), prepare slides and send to Seattle Children's Hospital Laboratory. Refer to the "Cytocentrifuge Preparations of Urine Sediments" procedure. Send labeled smear to Laboratory immediately with completed requisition.






Specimen Type Temperature Time
Smear Room temp 24 hours
  Refrigerated N
  Frozen N



STAT Performed TAT
  M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1 day


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory  


Department:  Histology

Phone Number: (206) 987-2580; for results inquiries call (206) 987-2103.




Method: Microscopic review by pathologist of Wright stained smear

Analytical Volume:  n/a

CPT Codes

CPT codes will vary depending on tests performed.  Call Client Services for more information (206) 987-2617.


Surgical pathology requisition required.