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Cytology investigations

Cytology is the investigation of small samples of dispersed or dissociated cells and other tissue components devoid of natural tissue architecture.

Specimens for cytological investigations include surface impression cytology and cytology of fluid such as tears, aqueous, vitreous, or fluid from cystic lesions.

Cytological investigation provides a preliminary diagnostic impression and should not be regarded as providing a definitive diagnosis.

The practice of cytology is difficult and if there is uncertainty about its use in a particular case, it is preferable to discuss the case with the consultant pathologist prior to obtaining the specimen.

 

(Last updated May 10th 2016)