Fine needle aspirates (FNA)

Microscopy, culture and identification and susceptibility of any organism likely to be pathogenic. Please order AFB culture separately if mycobacterial infection is suspected. Please order cytology (histopathology) separately.
Synonyms or keywords: 
Lymph node aspirate
Sample type and Volume required: 
Sterile Universal Container - maximum of 20ml of fluid.
Specimens received in formol-saline are not suitable for culture.
Turnaround time: 
2 - 5 days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be refrigerated if transport to the laboratory is delayed.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 27/11/2017