Tzanck Smear for HSV

Abbrev Code:NGNCT   
Order Code:LAB1001Order Name:Cytology Non Gyn
Synonyms:Herpes Cytology
Methodology:Papanicolau stain
CPT Codes: 88160 x1, 88160-26 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed daily, 0800-1500; result reported within 1-3 days.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Direct smear from open wound.
Container:SurePath collection vial
Collection Instructions:Required supplies: SurePath pap vial and collection brush. Label vial with the patient label. Gently scrape the area of abnormality. If the abnormality is a vesicle, remove the covering and scrape both at the base of the vesicle and around the rim. Disconnect brush tip and put in vial. Submit the specimen and the completed test request form to the Cytology Laboratory.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Send specimen to Cytology through the Pathology Laboratory at UMMC West Bank, FSH, FRH.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab UM Cytology  (UMMC East Bank)


Use:Detection and characterization of inflammatory infection processes of the skin, especially herpetic infection.

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