Specimen: Collect Endocervical Smears with a brush after inserting the speculum. Dip & swirl the brush completely into the container with liquid fixative. Mix thoroughly. Use Special Collection Kit available from Medilab only. Ship at room temperature. Duly filled Cytopathology Requisition Form (Form 8) is mandatory.
Stability (Room): N/A
Stability (Refrigerated): N/A
Stability (Frozen): N/A
Method: Microscopy of Papanicolaou stained smears
Price: Contact Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 5 – 15 days
Usage: Liquid based cytology increases the sensitivity of detection of precancerous cervical lesions. Screening has substantially reduced the mortality rate due to Cervical cancer. Screening guidelines recommend regular PAP testing for all women greater than 21 years of age. At age 30, women who have had 3 normal test results in a row may get screened every 2 to 3 years. Women between 65-70 years with no abnormal results in the previous 10 years can stop screening. Women after Total hysterectomy for non-cancerous causes do not require screening.
Home Collection: Not Available
Pre-test Information: Do not take smears during menstrual cycles. Use Special Collection Kit. Duly filled Cytopathology Requisition Form (Form 8) is mandatory.