Name: Cytology, Sputum
Test Name: Cytology, Sputum
Health Link Test Code: HCPATHM
LIS Test Code: PATHM
CPT Code(s): 88112
Days Performed: Mon-Fri, 0800-1700.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: 1 - 2 days.
Prior to collecting the sputum sample, instruct the patient to clear the throat of postnasal secretions, gargle and rinse the mouth to remove food residue.
Collection Container: ThinPrep CytoLyt prefilled container
Also Acceptable: Sterile screw cap container
Early morning sputum specimens yield the greatest number of diagnostic cells. Submit 3 consecutive daily sputum specimens in separate labeled containers. ALL SPECIMENS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PREFILLED CYTOLYT CONTAINERS OR FRESH WITHOUT THE ADDITION OF ANTICOAGULANT.
Home-collect sputum specimens should be collected in a sterile container, refrigerated immediately. Transport to clinic or lab within 24 hours of collect, keep @ 37°F during transport.
|Ordering instructions for CytoLyt Specimen Collection cups:|
|Order through Central Supply, item #4013061.|
4 hours; 8 Days in CytoLyt
24 hours; 8 Days in CytoLyt
Testing Volume: 5 - 15 mL
Tighten the lid securely. NOTE: DO NOT SEAL CONTAINER WITH PARAFILM WRAP.
Outreach Specimen Processing:
Refrigerate specimen following collection. All sputum specimens submitted fresh must have CytoLyt added prior to transport. Transport with coolant pack; avoid freezing.
Place specimen inside a biohazard bag with the request form in the outside pocket of the bag. Transport specimen to laboratory within 1 hour of collection.
Addition of anticoagulant.
Report provides interpretation. Contact UWHC Cytology Lab at (608) 263-3205 for further information.
The patient must be able to produce a deep cough specimen. If pulmonary macrophages ("dust cells") are not confirmed microscopically, the specimen is considered unsatisfactory for diagnosis. Abnormal findings must be correlated with history and other test results.
Paperwork must include the 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.