Days Set Up
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Analytic Time

24 - 48 hours

Soft Order Code
NGCSH

Test Updated:

Synonyms

Nipple Discharge Cytology
NIPPLE DISCHARGE
ND
CYTONG
Cytology, Non-Gyn

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Test Overview

Test Methodology
 
Test Usage

To establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasm.

Reference Range

Interpretive report provided.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Label a glass slide with patient's last name, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier) using a graphite pencil (do not use ink, wax or crayon). If smears are prepared from both breasts, also specify right or left.

Gently strip subareolar area and nipple with thumb and forefinger. When secretion occurs, allow pea sized drop to accumulate on apex of nipple. Place slide on nipple and then draw slide quickly across nipple. Fix slide IMMEDIATELY with spray fixative. Repeat procedure until discharge is depleted.

Allow spray-fixed slides to dry completely and place into a slide holder. Deliver slide holder with an appropriately completed requisition, including pertinent patient history to Specimen Processing or to the Cytopathology Laboratory during laboratory hours.

Collection Offsite

Label a glass slide with patient's last name, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier) using a graphite pencil (do not use ink, wax or crayon). If smears are prepared from both breasts, also specify right or left.

Gently strip subareolar area and nipple with thumb and forefinger. When secretion occurs, allow pea sized drop to accumulate on apex of nipple. Place slide on nipple and then draw slide quickly across nipple. Fix slide IMMEDIATELY with spray fixative. Repeat procedure until discharge is depleted.

Allow spray-fixed slides to dry completely and place into a slide holder. Submit with an appropriately completed requisition, including pertinent patient history.

Minimum Volume
 

Billing Information

CPT Code
88160-TC
Pro Fee Code
88160.1
LOINC
 

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.