Name: Cytology, CSF
Test Name: Cytology, CSF
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.
Specimen: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
Collection Container: Numbered specimen tube from sterile disposable lumbar puncture tray
Follow standard aseptic collection procedures. ALL CSF SPECIMENS MUST BE SUBMITTED FRESH. DO NOT ADD ANY TYPE OF FIXATIVE OR ANTICOAGULANT.
Collection Volume: 2-3 mL
All CSF specimens collected outside of the designated viability limits should be sent to the cytology laboratory for evaluation. In certain instances it may be acceptable to perform testing on a CSF specimen collected outside of the established parameters.
Testing Volume: 1 mL
Outreach Specimen Processing:
Refrigerate specimen following collection. Transport with coolant pack; avoid freezing.
Place specimen tube inside a biohazard bag with the request form in the outside pocket of the bag. Transport specimen to laboratory within 1 hour of collection.
Specimens with added fixative or anticoagulant.
Report provides interpretation. Contact the UWHC Cytology Lab at (608) 263-3205 for further 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.