Nipple discharge occurs in a variety of breast diseases, both benign and malignant. A smear of the discharge may help to determine if the underlying disease is benign or malignant.
METHOD OF COLLECTION
- Clean the nipple with moist gauze to remove any coagulated fluid on the surface of the nipple.
- Massage the duct system in the retroareolar region of the affected breast until one or more drops of fluid appear on the surface of the nipple.
- Take a clean dry glass slide and collect the nipple discharge directly onto the slide by smoothly moving the slide along its long axis on the surface of the nipple.
- Fix the slide rapidly with alcohol.
- Label the slide with the partient’s name.
- Place the slide in a secure plastic or cardboard slide holder to avoid breakage.
- Complete the Calpath cytology requisition form per the instructions.
After collecting the specimen, please do the following:
- Place the specimen in the Calpath specimen bag.
- Place the requisition form in the side slot of the Calpath specimen bag.
- Call Calpath for a pickup or place the Calpath specimen bag in the location where our courier usually picks up your daily specimens.