Nipple Discharge


  • Breast Nipple Discharge
  • Cytology, Nipple Discharge
  • Nipple Secretions

EPIC Order Number

LAB13 (Cytology Request)


PREFERRED: Label charged (+) slides with two patient identifiers (patient name, DOB, and/or MRN) in pencil. When a small drop of secretion appears, gently pull the face of the slide across the nipple. Spray fix immediately. You may repeat as long as secretion is obtained.

ALTERNATE: Discharge can be collected in 50% ethyl alcohol.

Specimen must be accompanied by a printed EPIC Order (or completed Cytology Request for non-EPIC clinics) including collection date/time, pertinent patient history, performing physician, and specimen site/source.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature after slide is spray fixed.


Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Reported/Turnaround Time

Results are sent within 2 working days after specimen is received.

NOTE: Results may be delayed or the sample rejected if pertinent and/or required information is conflicting or missing.

See Non-Gynecologic Cytology Report

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