Cell Ct, Synovial w/o Crystals
Evaluate body fluid for the presence of RBCs and WBCs and for physical appearance
Synovial fluid only
1 mL (green or lavender)
Green-top (heparin) tube (preferred) or lavender-top (EDTA) tube
Refrigerate. Transport to the laboratory as soon as possible.
Room temperature Unstable
Refrigerated 2 days (48 hours)
Freeze/thaw cycles Unstable
Quantity not sufficient for analysis; improper labeling; frozen specimen; specimen more than 48 hours old; gel-barrier tube
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