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Carry-Over or "Floaters" in a Smear or Histologic Section

Specialty:

Clinical Laboratory
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Cardiology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

A potentially serious problem can arise when something shows up on a slide that does not belong there. While often only an irritation, it can result in misdiagnosis of cancer, infection or other serious condition. The path from a patient to a slide is long and offers many opportunities for contamination.

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