Dec 18, 2017




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Cytology, Body Fluids

Cytology, Body Fluids (HCPATHM) Cytology Lab Test

Name: Cytology, Body Fluids

Test Name: Cytology, Body Fluids

Health Link Test Code: HCPATHM

LIS Test Code: AP3 (HC), AP26 (MF)

CPT Code(s): 88112

Days Performed: Mon-Fri, 0800-1700.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: 1 - 2 days.

Specimen: Pleural, Peritoneal, Pericardial

Collection Container: Sterile screw cap container

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 Volume: See collection instructions.

Stability Ambient:

4 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

72 hours

Stability Frozen:

Not Acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Body fluid aliquot

Testing Volume: 1 - 2 mL

Outreach Specimen Processing:

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

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.

Unacceptable Criteria:

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


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.