Jan 29, 2018




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Cytology, Synovial Fluid

Cytology, Synovial Fluid (HCPATHM) Cytology Lab Test

Name: Cytology, Synovial Fluid

Test Name: Cytology, Synovial Fluid

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: Synovial fluid

Collection Container: See collection instructions.

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:
Order through Central Supply, item #4013061.

Stability Ambient:

1 hour fresh; 8 days in CytoLyt

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Synovial Fluid

Specimen Transport:

Place specimen container inside a biohazard bag with the request form in the outside pocket. Transport specimen to laboratory.

Unacceptable Criteria:

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


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.