Test Overview
Test Methodology

Examination of glass slide(s) by light microscopy.

Test Usage

Lesion scraping cytology is used to detect the presence of neoplastic cells and/or infection and inflammatory agents.

Reference Range *

Interpretive report provided.

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

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

24 - 48 hours

  • Miscellaneous Lesion Scraping Cytology
  • Tzank Smear Cytology
  • MIS
  • Tzanck Smear Cytology
  • Cytology, Non-Gyn
Reference Laboratory
Specimen Requirements

Label a glass slide with patient last name, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier) using a graphite pencil (do not use ink, wax or crayon). Open the vesicle or lesion/ulcer with a sterile blade. Use the blade edge to gently scrape one edge of the lesion. Gently smear the scraped material onto the glass slide and fix immediately with spray fixative. Allow spray-fixed slide to dry completely and place into a slide holder. Submit with an appropriately completed requisition or electronic lab order, including source of the sample and pertinent patient history. Deliver to Specimen Processing or to the Cytopathology Laboratory during laboratory hours.

Collection Instructions

See instructions in Collection section.

Storage Temperature
Rejection Criteria
Specimens may be rejected under the following circumstances:
- Improper fixation or air drying of cellular material
- Improper labeling of requisition (if paper requisition) or slides
- Incomplete requisition/order, including source of the specimen, date of specimen collection, patient age or date of birth, relevant clinical history, ordering physician and patient clinic location
Additional Information

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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