This section of the site is dedicated to cytology. Note, we have strived to provide images from smears stained with rapid stains (e.g. Diff-quik®) because this is what you are used to seeing in practice versus the Wright’s stain we use (and love) in the Clinical Pathology Laboratory.
- Overview: Real short information on why we do cytology (other than instant gratification!).
- Sample collection: Tips on getting the most of your cytologic results (garbage in = garbage out – well not really, we try and do our best even with smears that are not the best quality).
- Cytologic patterns: The types of processes we look for in cytologic smears.
- Effusions: Information on body cavity effusions, i.e. those occurring in the thorax, abdomen and pericardium.
- Synovial fluid: Information on how to interpret aspirates from joints.
- Bone marrow: Our general approach to bone marrow cytologic smears. We absolutely love these. Challenging (always) but fun!