Cytology, Screening Thin Layer Cervical-Vaginal Pap Test, Grand Itasca


Sunquest Code:GHPAPSCoPath Code:GHPAPS
Epic Code:LAB7073Epic Name:PAP Screening Thin Layer
Synonyms:Autocyte; Cervical Smear; Endocervical Cytology; Pap Smear; Papanicolaou Smear; Screening Pap; Thin Layer Pap; Thin Prep Pap; Vulvar Cytology
Methodology:Thin Prep processing devices; staining and microscopic evaluation
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri; results are reported within 3-5 days.
Special Instructions:Provide pertinent clinical history.
Screening Paps are covered by Medicare:
  • Once every 2 years in absence of complaint or identified risk factor

Diagnostic Paps are covered by Medicare:
  • Once annually if patient is considered high risk per Medicare criteria
  1. Early onset sexual activity (under 16 years of age)
  2. Multiple sexual partners (five or more in a lifetime)
  3. History of a sexually transmitted disease (including HIV)
  4. Fewer than three negative Pap tets within the past seven years.
  5. Daughters of women who took DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy.
  6. Women of childbearing age who have had a Pap test indicating the presence of cervival cancer or other abnormality within the past three years.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Cervical smear
Causes for Rejection:Unlabeled or improperly labeled specimens.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not process. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Cytology  (Grand Itasca GICH)


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