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
Specimens from New York clients will be sent out to a New York DOH approved laboratory, if possible.
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



Compliance Category

Varies by Report

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

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 Name LOINC
2000485 Clinical History
2000486 Gross Description/Preparations Made
2000628 Fine 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 click the sidebar link to access the Interface Map.
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
Cytology, Fine Needle Aspirate