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23177 Cytology - Cerebral Spinal Fluid

Cytology - Cerebral Spinal Fluid
Test Code: CY-NON
Synonyms/Keywords
Cerebrospinal Fluid, CSF, Cytospin​
Useful For
Examination of CSF for the purpose of identifying malignancies and other pathologic conditions.​
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
CSF​ Centrifuge Tube; CSF Collection Tube​ 1.0 mL​

1.0 mL

Collection Processing Instructions
Specimen should be brought to Specimen Processing immediately after collection for proper handling. A fresh specimen is preferred. 
 
If there will be more than 1/2 hour delay of receipt, an equal volume of 50% ethyl alcohol should be added to the cytology portion of the specimen.​
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
CSF​ Room Temperature​ Within 1/2 hour of collection​
CSF​ Refrigerated​ After 1/2 hour of collection, add an equal amount of  50% ethyl alcohol to the cytology specimen.
Rejection Criteria
Frozen
Interference
If a specimen has not been fixed within a 1/2-hour of collection, please consult Cytopathology (800-222-5835, ext. 1-6155)​
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
Marshfield​ Monday - Friday​ 1 day​ Cytospin Preparation​
Test Information
Identify the specimen tubes with the patient's name, medical history number and specimen source. Send specimen with a properly completed Cytology Non-GYN test request requisition immediately to Marshfield Specimen Processing. Include pertinent patient history and appropriate ICD-9 Code on test requisition. Specimen Processing will divide the specimen as needed for the tests ordered.​
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
​Marshfield Interpretive Report​
Outreach CPTs
CPT Modifier
(if needed)
Quantity Description Comments
88104​  ​ Cytology Smears With Interpretation​
Synonyms/Keywords
Cerebrospinal Fluid, CSF, Cytospin​
Ordering Applications
Ordering Application Description
​Centricity ​None
​Cerner ​Pathology Non-Gyn Request
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)
CSF​ Centrifuge Tube; CSF Collection Tube​ 1.0 mL​

1.0 mL

Collection Processing
Specimen should be brought to Specimen Processing immediately after collection for proper handling. A fresh specimen is preferred. 
 
If there will be more than 1/2 hour delay of receipt, an equal volume of 50% ethyl alcohol should be added to the cytology portion of the specimen.​
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
CSF​ Room Temperature​ Within 1/2 hour of collection​
CSF​ Refrigerated​ After 1/2 hour of collection, add an equal amount of  50% ethyl alcohol to the cytology specimen.
Rejection Criteria
Frozen
Interference
If a specimen has not been fixed within a 1/2-hour of collection, please consult Cytopathology (800-222-5835, ext. 1-6155)​
Useful For
Examination of CSF for the purpose of identifying malignancies and other pathologic conditions.​
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
​Marshfield Interpretive Report​
For more information visit:
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
Marshfield​ Monday - Friday​ 1 day​ Cytospin Preparation​
For billing questions, see Contacts
Outreach CPTs
CPT Modifier
(if needed)
Quantity Description Comments
88104​  ​ Cytology Smears With Interpretation​
For most current information refer to the Marshfield Laboratory online reference manual.