Cytology in the practice lab - blood, sweat and smears

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About the course

This course will take a practical approach to implementing best practice in the in-house laboratory. It will highlight pointers to obtaining reliable results with simple equipment in a small laboratory. The importance of QC/QA in these laboratories will be stressed. 

An overview of information that can be obtained using such a laboratory and cage-side tests will be attempted. Tips for obtaining the best samples and how to evaluate them using a standard microscope and centrifuge will be provided.  

The practical session will include evaluation of blood films in common conditions: anaemias, thrombocytopenias, inflammatory changes. Cytology slides from common skin lesions (including tumours) cavity fluids will also be provided for examination.  The advantage of sediments of fresh urine samples for detection of casts and other formed elements will be demonstrated. At the end of the session there will be a short review of the samples and cases examined during the practical part.    

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are: 

  • The value of blood films to aid diagnosis 
  • Cytology of commonly seen cavity fluids 
  • Cytology of common skin and subcutaneous masses 
  • Analysis of urine sediment 
  • Use and QC/QA of in-house instruments and microscope   

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