Ordering Recommendation

Use for all nongynecologic sources EXCEPT specimens obtained by fine needle aspiration. For fine needle aspirate (FNA) specimens, refer to Cytology, Fine Needle Aspirate (2000443).






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

Non-Gynecologic Body Fluids, Brushings, or Washings. 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. Preferred fixative is CytoLyt or PreservCyt. 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

Specimen received in expired fixative vial, Frozen specimens.


Submit source information with the specimen.


Fresh Unfixed Fluid: Ambient: Unacceptable; 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


Hotline History


CPT Codes

88108 or 88112 or 88160 or 88104 and/or 88305. Additional CPT codes may apply if special studies are required


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2001222 Specimen Source 66746-9
8209805 Clinical History 22636-5
8209825 Gross Description/Preparations Made 22634-0
* 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.


  • Anal Pap
  • Anal smear
  • Anal, Cytology
  • Bile Drainage, Cytology
  • Bile Duct brushing, Cytology
  • Bladder Washing, Cytology
  • Body Cavity Fluid, Cytology
  • Breast Discharge, Cytology
  • Bronchial Brushing, Cytology
  • Bronchial Washing, Cytology
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage, Cytology
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid for Cytology
  • Conjunctival Scrapings for Cytology
  • CSF, Cytology
  • Cytology
  • Cytology, CSF
  • Esophageal Brushing, Cytology
  • Eye, Cytology
  • Gastric Washing, Cytology
  • Gastric, Brushing, Cytology
  • Gastrointestinal, Cytology
  • Herpes, Cytology
  • Nipple Discharge for Cytology
  • Non-gynecological
  • Oral brushing, Cytology
  • Oral Scraping, Cytology
  • Pelvic Washing, Cytology
  • Pericardial Fluid, Cytology
  • Peritoneal Fluid, Cytology
  • Pleural Fluid, Cytology
  • Renal Pelvis Washing, Cytology
  • Retroperitoneal Fluid
  • Skin Scraping for Cytology
  • Sputum, Cytology
  • Synovial Fluid, Cytology
  • Tzanck Smear
  • Ureteral Brushing, Cytology
  • Ureteral Washing, Cytology
  • Urethral Washing, Cytology
  • Urine, Cytology
  • Vitreous Fluid for Cytology
Cytology, Non-Gynecologic