Establish diagnosis for mass lesions accessible by fine needle aspiration.
Fine Needle Aspirate. For specific instructions refer to Cytopathology Specimen Collection & Handling.
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.
Fresh Unfixed Fluid: Refrigerated.
Fixed Fluid: Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated.
Fixed or Unfixed Slides: Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated.
Submit source information with the specimen.
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
Varies by Report
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.
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|2000486||Gross Description/Preparations Made|
|2000628||Fine Needle Aspirate Specimen Source|
- Breast FNA
- Cytology FNA
- Fine Needle
- Fine Needle Aspiration
- Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
- Fine Needle Aspiration for Cytologic Evaluation
- Kidney FNA
- Liver FNA
- Lymph Nodes FNA
- Salivary Glands FNA
- Thyroid FNA