Ordering Recommendation

Use for screening and detection of cervical cancer.

Mnemonic
GG REQUEST
Methodology

Microscopy

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

1-7 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Unstained cervical or endocervical slides. For specific instructions, refer to Specimen Collection and Handling.

Specimen Preparation

Label and transport slides in slide holders.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Unlabeled slide(s).

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: Indefinitely; Refrigerated: Indefinitely; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

Refer to report.

No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note

A conventional pap smear is used as a screening test for evaluation of the lower female genital tract to detect the presence of inflammatory/infectious or benign proliferative conditions; detection of unsuspected or confirmation of suspected atypical, premalignant, or malignant changes; or follow-up of patients with known and/or treated premalignant or malignant lesions.

The Pap test is a screening test for cervical cancer and its precursors with an inherent false-negative rate.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

88164; if reviewed by a pathologist add 88141

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2001220 Conventional Pap Smear Source
8100100 Clinical History
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Aliases
  • Conventional Pap
  • Cytology
  • Pap
  • Pap smear
  • Pap test
Cytology, Pap Smear