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).

Mnemonic
NG 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

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. 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

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

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2001222 Specimen Source
8209805 Clinical History
8209825 Gross Description/Preparations Made
* 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
  • 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