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Gastrointestinal (Biliary, Esophageal, Pancreatic) Brushing

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

Specimen Instructions

  1. Place brush into Cytolyt.
  2. If desired, direct smear/s may be prepared from the brush by rolling the brush onto a glass slide prior to placing into Cytolyt. 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.
  3. If microbiology is ordered, submit brush in sterile saline. Specimen will be processed for cultures prior to cytology processing.
  4. Transport at ambient temperature.
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