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Test Name: Cytology, Nipple Discharge

Test Code(s): This test is no longer performed. It does not provide useful diagnostic cytologic information for patient management. If clinical symptoms persist, radiographic work-up is recommended.

Test Description: Test Component:

For futher information please see the following references:


Frank JL, Lynch K, & with nipple discharge" Conn Med 2010 Apr;74(4)207-10.


Kooistra BW, Wauters C, van de Ven S, Strobbe L, "The diagnostic value of nipple discharge cytology in 618 consecutive patients", Eur J Surg Oncol. 2009 Jun;35(6):573-7. Epub 2008 Nov.4.


Morrogh M, Park A, Elkin EB, & King TA, "Lessons learned from 416 cases of nipple discharge of the breast", Am J Surg 2010 Jul; 200(1), 73-80.

Specimen Requirements


Cytology, Nipple Sec, Breast Dis, Breast Sec, Nipple Smear

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