Cytology, Fine Needle Aspirate
2000443
Ordering Recommendation

Establish diagnosis for mass lesions accessible by fine needle aspiration.

Mnemonic
FA REQUEST
Methodology
Microscopy
Performed
Mon-Fri
Reported
1-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Example Reports
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Fine Needle Aspirate. For specific instructions refer to Cytopathology Specimen Collection & Handling. 
Specimen Preparation
Fluid: Transport all available specimen to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube in equal parts cytology fixative. Also acceptable: Unfixed fluid if submitted refrigerated within 24 hours.
Slides: Transport specimen on fixed or unfixed slides. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Fresh Unfixed Fluid: Refrigerated.
Fixed Fluid: Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated.
Fixed or
 Unfixed Slides: Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated. 
Unacceptable Conditions
 
Remarks
Submit source information with the specimen. 
Stability
Fresh Unfixed Fluid: Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable
Fixed Fluid: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable
Fixed or Unfixed Slides: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data


Note
CPT Code(s)
88173. This CPT code may also be reported in conjunction with aspiration of the specimen and/or evaluation of fine needle aspirate, immediate cytohistologic study to determine adequacy for diagnosis (88172, 88177). Additional CPT codes may be reported depending on the preparation methods, including 88305 or 88342.
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
2000485Clinical History
2000486Gross Description/Preparations Made
2000628Fine Needle Aspirate Specimen Source
* Component test codes cannot be used to order tests. The information provided here is not sufficient for interface builds; for a complete test mix, please view this test within the Laboratory Test Directory found at www.aruplab.com
Aliases
  • Breast FNA
  • Cytology
  • Cytology FNA
  • Fine Needle
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
  • Fine Needle Aspiration for Cytologic Evaluation
  • FNAB
  • Kidney FNA
  • Liver FNA
  • Lymph Nodes FNA
  • Salivary Glands FNA
  • Thyroid FNA