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Breast Secretions (Nipple Discharge)

See Specimen Submission Instructions for test requisition, specimen labeling and specimen packaging requirements.

Specimen Instructions

  1. Express nipple secretion onto a glass slide.
  2. Place a second slide on top of expressed fluid; allow fluid to spread, and using a horizontal motion, pull slides apart.
  3. Immediately spray fix or allow to air dry. Label each slide “Fixed” for a fixed slide or “AD” for an air-dried slide. Note: slide must also be labeled with 2 unique patient identifiers.
  4. Transport at ambient temperature.
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