Bone Marrow

Specimen Type - Source of Specimen

Clot
Smear
Aspirate

Collection Recommendation

Specimen Requirements for Optimal Patient Care
For Bone Marrow Morphologic Evaluation:
  • Attach current CBC results
  • 2 peripheral smears*
  • 6 - 8 bone marrow smears*
  • Bone marrow aspirate clot in fixative
  • Bone marrow core biopsy in fixative
  • Please indicate site on the requistion (i.e. LPIC, RPIC, Sternal, etc.)
  • Aspirate Clot and Core Biopsy in fixative must be placed in a separate sealed bag

*air-dried, unfixed, unstained


For Flow Cytometry:
  • Bone Marrow Aspirate (4 mL Green Na Heparin) (preferred), - or -
  • Peripheral Blood (4 mL Green Na Heparin) - or -
  • Bone Marrow Core or Lymph Node Tissue (RPMI**)

For Cytogenetics:
  • Bone Marrow Aspirate (4 mL Green Na Heparin) (preferred), - or -
  • Peripheral Blood (4 mL Green Na Heparin) - or -
  • Bone Marrow Core or Lymph Node Tissue (RPMI**)

**RPMI must be refrigerated, transport with cool packs

Minimum Volume

1 mL

Turnaround Time

3 - 5 days

Clinical History

Appropriate Clinical History

Other Required Information

Label specimen with two identifiers - acceptable identifiers are: Patient Name, Date of Birth, Hospital Number, SSN, Chart Number or other unique random number.
Source of Specimen - included when appropriate.

Patient Preparation

Physician explains the test procedure to the patient, usually aseptic aspiration procedure.

Specimen Handling

Stable in fixative
Call Lab for immediate pick-up