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Laboratory Information

Test Name

Karyotype bone marrow


Cancer karyotype

External Price (excl. GST)


Price Comment

Includes culture processing charge

Specimen Collection

Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols

2 - 10 ml bone marrow aspirate in RPMI, Bone marrow trephine in RPMI

4 ml Heparin (Dark green) Whole blood sterile Do not centrifuge or freeze. 

Blood Samples are preferred for CLL  and ?LPN patients with peripheral lymphocytosis. 

For other disorders, peripheral blood is suitable if there are >10% blasts in circulation. 

Sample Delivery to Lab

Ambient on day of collection. Refrigerate overnight or weekend then send ambient

Test Information



Laboratory Turnaround Time

Urgent < 5 days, Non-urgent 18 days


Cell culture, arrest in metaphase, microscopic analysis

Diagnostic Use Or Instructions

Detection and monitoring of acquired chromosome abnormalities from bone marrow in the diagnosis of leukaemia.

Minimum Volume

1 ml Bone marrow aspirate in RPMI

Electronic Information

Registration Code

Exam C_CAN_K

HL7 mapping code