Advances in Technology
A simple method to determine the need for glacial acetic acid treatment of bloody ThinPrep Pap tests before slide processing
Article first published online: 5 OCT 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 31, Issue 5, pages 321–325, November 2004
How to Cite
Rowe, L. R., Bentz, J. S. (2004), A simple method to determine the need for glacial acetic acid treatment of bloody ThinPrep Pap tests before slide processing. Diagn. Cytopathol., 31: 321–325. doi: 10.1002/dc.20152
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 5 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JUN 2004
- Manuscript Received: 10 MAR 2004
- Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology at Associated Regional and University Pathologists (ARUP), Inc.
- liquid-based cytology;
- glacial acetic acid wash
ThinPrep (TP) Papanicolaou (Pap) samples containing excessive blood often result in unsatisfactory preparations, possibly leading to undetected gynecologic disease, and added inconvenience to patients and clinicians. Reprocessing of these samples with a glacial acetic acid wash is effective at eliminating blood, providing satisfactory preparation and detection of lesions. However, it increases laboratory costs and decreases work flow efficiency. We report the use of a color standard for gauging the necessity of performing a glacial acetic acid wash before TP processing. This “preprocessing” was found to reduce the costs associated with reprocessing by 48%, while maintaining high preparation quality by improved sample adequacy. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2004;31:321–325. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.