Microscopy of CSF and Body Fluids


In this lecture Dr. Tracy George focuses on the microscopy of cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, and pericardial fluid. Both normal and abnormal cell types will be shown and features that help distinguish benign from malignant cytology will be discussed. Recommendations for additional ancillary studies will also be explored.

Originally presented on May 13, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Tracy I. George, MD

Tracy I. George, MD

Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Executive Director, Clinical Trials and PharmaDx
ARUP Laboratories
Medical Director, Hematopathology
ARUP Laboratories

Dr. George is a professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She completed her MD and residency training in anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California San Francisco, with fellowships in hematopathology and surgical pathology at Stanford University. Dr. George is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and hematology by the American Board of Pathology. Her research interests include mast cell disease and laboratory hematology. Dr. George has authored more than 100 publications, is Vice President of Scientific Communications for the International Society for Laboratory Hematology, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Laboratory Hematology. She received the College of American Pathologists Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe different cytopreparatory methods for body fluids
  • Define transudate versus exudate and how this is used to help define the etiology of a body fluid
  • Distinguish benign from malignant cytology in CSF and body fluids
  • Explore the variability of mesothelial cell morphology

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories