Cytology, Fat

Abbrev Code:NGNCT   
Order Code:LAB1001Order Name:Cytology Non Gyn
Synonyms:Sputum for Fat; Lipid Cytology; Bronchoalveolar Lavage for Fat; Oil Red O
Methodology:Preparation, fat stain and microscopic evaluation. Add-on test only.
CPT Codes: 88313-26 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri, 0800-1500; results are reported within 1-3 days.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage, or bronchial wash
Optimal Volume:10 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:5 mL
Container:Sterile tube
Alternate Containers: Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:Specimen must be unfixed.
Causes for Rejection:Alcohol fixation (alcohol dissolves fat).

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Fresh unfixed fluid: 24 hours at room temperature; 72 hours refrigerated; frozen is unacceptable.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Cytology  (UMMC-East Bank, St. Joseph's)


Reference Range:Results reported using lipid index scoring from 0-400.
Use:Determine the presence of intracellular fat in lipid pneumonia.

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