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Lab Dept:

Anatomic Pathology

Test Name:

CYTOLOGY, WASHINGS (BRONCHIAL, ESOPHOGEAL, GASTRIC, COLONIC)

General Information

CPT Codes:

88108 – Cytopathology, concentration technique, smears and interpretation (eg, Saccomanno technique)

Test Includes:

Routine cytologic evaluation of cytospin and cell block

Logistics

Test Indications:

Useful to establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasms or infection.

Lab Testing Section:

Anatomic Pathology

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-5875

STP Lab: 651-220-6561

Test Availability:

Monday - Friday. Specimen must be obtained and submitted between 6:30 AM and 4 PM unless prior arrangement is made.

Turnaround Time:

1 - 2 days

Special Instructions:

Complete a “Surgical Pathology/ Cytology Request Form” and/or a “Bronchoscopy/Airway Request Form” with pertinent clinical information, and forward it with the specimen.

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Cytology washings

Container:

Screw capped, sterile vial

Draw Volume:

2 mL (Minimum: 1 mL) cytology washings

Processed Volume:

Same as Draw Volume

Collection:

Cytology washings should be collected by a physician. Washings collected during the endoscopic examination should be collected fresh (unfixed) in a screw capped, sterile container.

Special Processing:

Maintain sterility and forward promptly to the laboratory at ambient temperature only.

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Improperly handled specimen; mislabeled or unlabeled specimen; undue delay in transport

Interpretive

Reference Range:

Interpretive report

Methodology:

Microscopy and cytospin

References:

Rosai, Juan MD, Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology, 8th ed, vols 1 and 2, CV Mosby

Sternberg, Steven (1997) Histology for Pathologists, 2nd ed, Lippincott/Raven



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