Specimen Requirements


Cytology, Urine

Specimen Requirement

Collect second morning specimen; voided or catheterized urine; intraoperative washings of urinary bladder, urethra, ureters, or renal pelvis.
Send no less than 20 mL in a sterile container, indicate collection method if not voided.


The fluid will be centrifuged, supernatant poured off, and diagnostic cells aspirated from the remaining material. Filters, monolayers, and/or cytospins will be made along with a cell block, if applicable. Microscopic examination is performed.


Refrigerated: 72 hours

Reference Range

By Report*


2-6 days

Clinical Use

Establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasms; aid in the diagnosis of infections with herpesvirus, cytomegalovirus, Blastomyces, and Schistosoma; evaluate malacoplakia; establish the presence of cytomegalic inclusion disease

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