Non-gynaecological cytology (exfoliative cytology)

Exfoliative cytology comprises all organ areas which are accessible for cytological examination by swabbing, puncture or fluid:

  • Sputum
  • Bronchial secretions, bronchial lavage, BAL
  • wabs of the skin and mucosal surfaces
  • Effusion aspiration (pleura, ascites, joints)
  • Urine
  • Urinary bladder / urinary tract irrigation fluids
  • Nipple secretions
  • CSF

Submission instructions


Bronchial secretion/lavage

Submit immediately without supplements

  • BAL with or without cell differentiation
  • Submit immediately without supplements
  • Ideally with as little contamination by bronchial secretion as possible

BAL with cell differentiation: advance registration by telephone required (044 269 99 88).
Should be given to our courier by no later than 3 p.m. the same day.


EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound-guided puncture)

Submerge the entire material in Cytolyt; place additional material in NaCl or PBS if lymphoma is suspected.

  • Brush swabs in general
  • Swirl the brush thoroughly in ThinPrep medium (optimum fixation)
  • Submit immediately without supplements

Shelf life: max. 24 hours in the refrigerator

Your contact person


Dr Sandra Kilgus-Hawelski

Specialist in Pathology and Cytology FMH, Head of Cytology and Deputy Institute Director

044 269 99 24

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