Cytology, Cyst Fluid

Abbrev Code:NGNCT   
Order Code:LAB1001Order Name:Cytology Non Gyn
Synonyms:Cyst Fluid Cytology
Methodology:Preparation, routine staining and microscopic evaluation
CPT Codes: 88112-26 x1, 88112 x1
Test Includes:Preparation, routine staining, and microscopic evaluation; if special stains or immunohistochemical procedures are indicated, they are ordered by the pathologist and performed at additional charge.
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri, 0800-1500; results are reported within 1-3 days.
Special Instructions:
  • Provide pertinent clinical history.
  • For pancreatic cysts, see Pancreas Cyst Panel in Lab Guide.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Cyst fluid
Optimal Volume:10-200 mL; collect as much fluid as possible
Minimum\Peds Volume:5 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:Do not send fluids in glass vacuum tube or in chest drainage apparatus as any clots which may form cannot be removed without potential infection hazard.
Causes for Rejection:Fixation of any type, specimens with clots. Syringe with needle attached.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Fresh unfixed fluid: Refrigerated
Test Performed at or Referral Lab UM Cytology  (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:Results reported as negative to positive for malignant cells.
Use:Establish diagnosis of cystic process, i.e., benign, malignant, or infectious.

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