pleural effusions


pleural effusions

WE would like to update guidelines for specimen submission to our Cytopathology dept. and we are interested to know requirements of other labs for pleural effusion samples - do they require the whole volume of effusion? or only a part of it? 150 ml or up to 500 ml? the first part or the last part? what kind of sampling do they recommend in a case of large volume effusions?

thanks for any input 

Irena Kirbis
Dept of Cytopathology
Institute of Oncology Ljubljana

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