Test Overview

Test Usage

To establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasm and to aid in the diagnosis of infectious diseases such as Cytomegalovirus, Aspergillus, and Pneumocystis carinii.

Reference Range*

Interpretive report provided.

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

Test Limitations

Improper fixation or air drying of cellular material or allowing specimen to freeze may lead to specimen rejection or unsatisfactory results.

Test Details

Days Test Performed

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Analytic Time

24 - 48 hours

Soft Order Code




Bronchial Brushing Cytology
Tracheal Brushing Cytology
Cytology, Non-Gyn

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Offsite Collection Instructions

Label a Cytolyt container with the patient's last name, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier). Also indicate specific anatomic site. Brush lesion area. Place brush directly into CytoLyt, swirl the brush vigorously in the solution, then snip into the container. Submit with an appropriately completed requisition (one for each anatomic site), including pertinent patient history. Refrigerate specimens that cannot be delivered immediately and deliver as soon as possible. Do not allow specimen to freeze. If CytoLyt is not available, label a slide with patient's last, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier) using a graphite pencil (do not use ink, wax or crayon). Also indicate specific anatomic site. Distribute collected sample evenly on glass slide by gently rolling the brush on the slide and fix each smear IMMEDIATELY with spray fixative. Allow spray-fixed slides to dry completely and place into a slide holder. Submit with an appropriately completed requisition, including pertinent patient history.


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Test includes pathologist interpretation of results billed as a separate additional charge or billed to the client as a global fee. Special stains and/or other ancillary studies will be performed when appropriate at an additional charge. By ordering this test the clinician acknowledges that additional reflex testing will be performed and billed at a separate additional charge if indicated.

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