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Test Name: Cytology, Synovial Fluid

Test Code(s): HCPATHM

CPT Code(s): 88112

Days Performed: Mon-Fri, 0800-1700.

Turnaround Time: Routine: 1 - 2 days.


Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Synovial fluid

Collection Instructions: Follow standard aseptic collection procedures. Within 1 hour of collection, express the aspirated synovial fluid directly into a pre-filled CytoLyt Specimen Collection Cup. DO NOT pour off ANY of the CytoLyt fluid prior to adding the sample.
NOTE: THIS PROCEDURE IS FOR CYTOLOGY SPECIMENS ONLY. Please refer to the Lab Test Directory for other tests that are performed on synovial fluid.

Ordering instructions for CytoLyt Specimen Collection Cups:
UWHC clinics order through Central Supply, item #4013061.
UWMF clinics order through the UWMF Storeroom. Call (608) 262-6855.
WRMC clinics order through the WRMC Laboratory. Call (920) 262-4744.

Collection Container: Preferred: See collection instructions.

Sample Analyzed: Synovial Fluid

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

Outreach Specimen Transport: Place specimen container inside a biohazard bag with the request form in the outside pocket. Transport specimen to UWHC Core (B4/220).

Unacceptable Criteria: Specimens submitted in syringes, blood collection tubes, sterile containers, or formalin.

Stability: Ambient: 1 hour fresh; 8 days in CytoLyt
Frozen: Not acceptable


Interpretation

Report provides intrepretation.  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.

Joint Fluid, Synovium, Sinovial, Sinovium, Joint Aspirate

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