Mar 4, 2015




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Cytology, Brushings - All Sites

Cytology, Brushings - All Sites (HCPATHM) Cytology Lab Test

Name: Cytology, Brushings - All Sites

Test Name: Cytology, Brushings - All Sites

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: Bronchial, GI Tract, Peritoneal, Urinary Tract

Collection Container: See collection instructions.

Also Acceptable: Sterile screw cap container

Collection Instructions:

Hank's Balanced Salt Solution and 50 mL plastic centrifuge tubes may be picked up from the UWHC Cytology Lab. Please call (608) 263-3205 for supplies. Fill a centrifuge tube with 30 mL of Hank's Solution. Clip the brush(s) into separate tubes. NOTE: The brush must remain completely submerged in the solution.

Collection Volume: See collection instructions.

Stability Ambient:

4 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

72 hours

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Miscellaneous

Outreach Specimen Processing:

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

Specimen Transport:

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.

Unacceptable Criteria:

A dry brush without Hank's solution. A brush submitted in formalin. Air dried or alcohol fixed slides.


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.