Item Value
Test name Leukemia Cytogenetics
Available Stat? No
Turn around times 7-10 days
Performed by Medical Genomics - Cytogenetics
Normal range
Container type Blood & bone marrow aspirate: 15 mL centrifuge tube with transport media (RPMI, FBS, L-Glutamine, Sodium Heparin and PenStrep). Available from Cytogenetics, 415-353-4844. Dark Green top also acceptable

Bone marrow core: 15 mL centrifuge tube with transport media (RPMI, FBS, L-Glutamine, Sodium Heparin and PenStrep). Available from Cytogenetics, 415-353-4844.
Amount to Collect
Bone marrow 3 mL
Blood 3 mL
Bone core 2 cm
Collection Instructions Bone marrow is the preferred specimen, but heparinized peripheral blood may be submitted if a large number of malignant cells are present.

Collect bone marrow in a syringe, transfer to Dark Green top vacutainer and gently invert the tube several times for good mixing.

If a dry tap is obtained, consult the Laboratory Medicine resident in Hematology regarding the possible submission of a green top tube of peripheral blood. Contact Hematology if the specimen is more than 24 hours old.

Complete and submit a "Neoplastic Cytogenetics" form and send with the samples.

Click here for Neoplastic Cytogenetics Requisition

Keep sample at room temperature.
Sample type Heparinized bone marrow, whole blood or marrow core

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667