The following procedure should be observed when aspirating breast cyst fluid:
- Label a syringe or transport container with the patient's full name (first and last), date of birth and sample collection site.
- Using a needle and syringe, aspirate breast cyst fluid.
- Carefully remove the needle from the syringe and replace it with the needle cap. Do not submit a syringe with the needle attached.
- Send all of the aspirated fluid to the laboratory as soon as possible. Keep the specimen refrigerated.
As an alternative, the breast cyst fluid may be added to Cytolyt® Preservative.