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Test Name: Cytology, Washing / Lavage - All Sites EXCEPT Urinary Tract

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: BAL, Bronchial Washing, Peritoneal Washing

Collection Instructions: Follow standard aseptic collection procedures. ALL WASHING / LAVAGE SPECIMENS MUST BE SUBMITTED FRESH.  DO NOT ADD ANY TYPE OF FIXATIVE OR ANTICOAGULANT. Any amount of specimen up to 100 mL is acceptable.  

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 inside a biohazard bag with the request form in the outside pocket.  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 or anticoagulant.

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


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:

Paperwork 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.

Bronchial Washing, BAL, Peritoneal Washing, Abdominal Washing, Pelvic Washing

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