Malignant Cells / Cytology - Sputum

Malignant Cells / Cytology - Sputum

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This test is used for the early diagnosis of occult lung cancer, not detected by helical CT

This Test Includes

Microscopy - Cytology Sputum

Test Instructions

Total parameters available: 1

Parameter Names:

  • Malignant Cells / Cytology - Sputum

Test Instructions/Precautions:

  • Alcohol: Please abstain from alcohol before the test
  • Medication :Any pre-existing medication should only be stopped after consultation with the referring Physician
  • Fluids Allowed : Water only


Soft Copy (Portal/Email) : If the sample is collected before 12 noon then the report will get delivered as per Reporting Time / Maximum TAT (Turn Around Time) indicated with the test. For samples collected after 12 Noon, 12 hours may be added to the Report Turn Around TimeHard Copy : Delivered at home upon request. A small convenience fee may apply.

Why it is Done

Sputum cytology is done to find:

  • Lung cancer. But sputum cytology is not used as a screening test for people at risk for developing lung cancer, such as smokers.
  • Noncancerous lung conditions, such as pneumonia or inflammatory diseases, tuberculosis, or the build-up of asbestos fibres in the lungs (asbestosis).

What is this test

Sputum cytology examines a sample of sputum (mucus) under a microscope to determine whether abnormal cells are present. Sputum is not the same as saliva. Sputum is produced in the lungs and in the airway camera.