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Test Name: Cytology, Body Fluids

Test Code(s): HCPATHM

CPT Code(s): 88112

Request Form: Cytopathology (UWH 1280520A)

Days Performed: Mon-Fri, 0800-1700.

Turnaround Time: Routine: 1 - 2 days.


Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Pleural, Peritoneal, Pericardial

Collection Instructions: ALL BODY FLUIDS MUST BE SUBMITTED FRESH.  DO NOT ADD ANY TYPE OF FIXATIVE OR ANTICOAGULANT. DO NOT COLLECT FLUID IN BLOOD COLLECTION TUBES.

Follow standard aseptic collection procedures. 20-50mL is the preferred amount of specimen. Remove a well mixed aliquot from large fluid collections (50-200 mL). NOTE:  For pleural fluids, indicate the right or left location on the order.

Collection Container: Preferred: Sterile screw cap container

Collection Volume: Preferred: See collection instructions.

Sample Analyzed: Body fluid aliquot

Volume Required: Preferred: 1 - 2 mL

Specimen Transport: Place specimen container inside a biohazard bag with the request form in the outside pocket of the bag. Transport specimen to UWHC Core Laboratory (B4/220) within 1 hour of collection.

Outreach Specimen Transport: Refrigerate specimen following collection. Transport with coolant pack; avoid freezing.

Unacceptable Criteria: Specimens with added fixative, anticoagulant, or submitted in blood collection tubes.

Stability: Ambient: 4 hours
Refrigerated: 72 hours
Frozen: Not Acceptable


Interpretation

Report provides interpretation.  Contact the UWHC Cytology Lab at (608) 263-3205 for further information.

Test Limitations:

Abnormal findings must be correlated with history and other test results.

Additional Information:

Request form must include patient's name, medical record number, date of birth, specimen source, collection date, clinic and phone number, clinician's full name and pager number, and pertinent clinical history.

Pleural, Peritoneal, Pericardial, Ascites, Thoracentesis, Paracentesis, Effusion, Efussion, Effussion

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