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22548 Cytology, Sputum

Cytology, Sputum
Test Code: CY-NON
Synonyms/Keywords
Sputum For Cytology​
Useful For
Cytologic examination of a sample from the upper respiratory tract for the detection and diagnosis of organisms, malignant neoplasms and other respiratory disorders.
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
Sputum​ Sage Container​ None​
Collection Processing Instructions
Specimen must be a "deep cough" specimen (not saliva).  Expectorate sample into a specimen cup (or sage container) containing 70% ethyl alcohol.
 
PREFERRED:  Collect an early morning specimen each day for 3 days and submit in separate containers.  Each container will be evaluated and charged separately.
 
ALTERNATE:  Multiple specimens may be collected throughout the day and added to the same container.
 
NOTE:  If a culture is also requested on the same specimen, collect specimen in a sage container without the alcohol fixative (fresh specimen).  Specimen must be sent to Microbiology for culturing BEFORE adding the alcohol fixative.​
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature
Sputum​ Refrigerate​
Interference
​Specimen is considered unsatisfactory if pulmonary macrophages are not present. Unfixed sputum may be unacceptable. Consult Cytopathology with questions, 800-222-5835, ext. 16155.
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
Marshfield​ Monday-Friday​ 1 day​ Light Microscopy​
Test Information
​Include specimen source, pertinent patient history and appropriate ICD-9 code on electronic order or test requisition form.
 
If multiple specimens are collected, record the date and time of collection on each specimen container.
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
​Marshfield Interpretative Report​
Outreach CPTs
CPT Modifier
(if needed)
Quantity Description Comments
88104​ Cytology Smear(s) with Interpretation​
88305​ Cell Block​
Synonyms/Keywords
Sputum For Cytology​
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)
Sputum​ Sage Container​ None​
Collection Processing
Specimen must be a "deep cough" specimen (not saliva).  Expectorate sample into a specimen cup (or sage container) containing 70% ethyl alcohol.
 
PREFERRED:  Collect an early morning specimen each day for 3 days and submit in separate containers.  Each container will be evaluated and charged separately.
 
ALTERNATE:  Multiple specimens may be collected throughout the day and added to the same container.
 
NOTE:  If a culture is also requested on the same specimen, collect specimen in a sage container without the alcohol fixative (fresh specimen).  Specimen must be sent to Microbiology for culturing BEFORE adding the alcohol fixative.​
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature
Sputum​ Refrigerate​
Interference
​Specimen is considered unsatisfactory if pulmonary macrophages are not present. Unfixed sputum may be unacceptable. Consult Cytopathology with questions, 800-222-5835, ext. 16155.
Useful For
Cytologic examination of a sample from the upper respiratory tract for the detection and diagnosis of organisms, malignant neoplasms and other respiratory disorders.
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
​Marshfield Interpretative Report​
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Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
Marshfield​ Monday-Friday​ 1 day​ Light Microscopy​
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Outreach CPTs
CPT Modifier
(if needed)
Quantity Description Comments
88104​ Cytology Smear(s) with Interpretation​
88305​ Cell Block​
For most current information refer to the Marshfield Laboratory online reference manual.