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).

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is not New York state approved. ARUP cannot facilitate testing for New York state clients. Please work directly with a New York state-approved laboratory.

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






1-5 days

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.


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