Discipline - Clinical Pathology
Body fluid microscopy
Microscopic examination; May require staining procedures for microbial pathogens and cytological examination for neoplastic cells
First added in 2020
Aid to diagnosis
To aid in the diagnosis of inflammatory, infectious, and neoplastic diseases involving the body fluids (e.g. pleural, peritoneal, synovial, pericardial) by detecting the presence or absence of cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, mesothelial cells) along with cell count and differential count.
Summary of SAGE IVD recommendation
General In vitro diagnostics tests are the general core and routine laboratory tests for clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology (virology, bacteriology, parasitology and mycology) and histopathology. These tests were selected on the basis of the scientific validity of an analyte, i.e. the association between an analyte and a clinical condition or physiological state; and clinical utility. Many of these tests are required for effective management of patients and have already been described in WHO publications.