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 swab 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.

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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