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22372 Cytology, Breast (Nipple Secretion) Smear For Fat

Cytology, Breast (Nipple Secretion) Smear For Fat
Test Code: CY-NON
Synonyms/Keywords
Nipple Discharge for Fat, Breast Smear for Fat​
Useful For
Identification of lipid (fat) for the purpose of ruling out the diagnosis of galactorrhea.Cytologic testing may be performed in conjunction with other clinical lab tests.
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
Smear​
Collection Processing Instructions
Smears may be prepared in the physician's office or at the patient's bedside. 
 
Label a one-end frosted or fully frosted slide with at least two patient identifiers (i.e. patient's name and medical history number or ID).  Collect specimen by gently massaging the nipple and then squeezing to express the secretions onto the slide(s). Gently press the slide against the nipple and then smear the material expressed.   Allow slides to air-dry - DO NOT FIX.
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature
​Smear Room Temperature​
Rejection Criteria
Spray fixed
Immersed in Alcohol​
Interference
​Smears immersed in alcohol or sprayed with fixative are unacceptable. Consult Cytopathology with questions (1-800-222-5835, ext. 1-6155.)
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
Marshfield​ Monday-Friday​ 1 day​ Oil Red O Stain, Light Microscopy​
Test Information
Include specimen source, pertinent patient history and appropriate ICD-9 code on the electronic order or test requisition form. 
 
Add the comment "Stain for Fat" to the electronic order comments section or write on the test requisition form.​
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
​Marshfield Interpretative Report​
Outreach CPTs
CPT Modifier
(if needed)
Quantity Description Comments
88160​ Cytology Smear Other Source​
88313​ Special Stain​
Synonyms/Keywords
Nipple Discharge for Fat, Breast Smear for Fat​
Ordering Applications
Ordering Application Description
If the ordering application you are looking for is not listed, contact your local laboratory for assistance.
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
Smear​
Collection Processing
Smears may be prepared in the physician's office or at the patient's bedside. 
 
Label a one-end frosted or fully frosted slide with at least two patient identifiers (i.e. patient's name and medical history number or ID).  Collect specimen by gently massaging the nipple and then squeezing to express the secretions onto the slide(s). Gently press the slide against the nipple and then smear the material expressed.   Allow slides to air-dry - DO NOT FIX.
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature
​Smear Room Temperature​
Rejection Criteria
Spray fixed
Immersed in Alcohol​
Interference
​Smears immersed in alcohol or sprayed with fixative are unacceptable. Consult Cytopathology with questions (1-800-222-5835, ext. 1-6155.)
Useful For
Identification of lipid (fat) for the purpose of ruling out the diagnosis of galactorrhea.Cytologic testing may be performed in conjunction with other clinical lab tests.
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
​Marshfield Interpretative Report​
For more information visit:
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
Marshfield​ Monday-Friday​ 1 day​ Oil Red O Stain, Light Microscopy​
For billing questions, see Contacts
Outreach CPTs
CPT Modifier
(if needed)
Quantity Description Comments
88160​ Cytology Smear Other Source​
88313​ Special Stain​
For most current information refer to the Marshfield Laboratory online reference manual.