Test Overview
Test Usage

To establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasm and to aid in the diagnosis of certain benign conditions such as rheumatoid pleuritis and endometriosis.

Reference Range *

Interpretive report provided.

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

Test Limitations

Addition of fixative or coagulant, delay in specimen delivery resulting in cellular degeneration, or allowing specimen to freeze may lead to specimen rejection or unsatisfactory results.

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

24 - 48 hours

Soft Order Code
FCSH
MiChart Code
Fluid Cytology
Synonyms
  • PE
  • PERITONEAL FLUID
  • PLF
  • PLEURAL FLUID
  • PER
  • PERICARDIAL FLUID
  • Peritoneal Fluid Cytology
  • Pleural Fluid Cytology
  • Pericardial Fluid Cytology
  • Effusion Cytology
  • Pelvic Washing Cytology
  • Ascites Fluid Cytology
  • CYTONG
  • Cytology, Non-Gyn
Laboratory
Cytopathology
Section
Cytopathology
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Label a clean, leakproof, rigid container with patient last, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier). If applicable, also specify right or left. Place fresh specimen into the container. Do not add fixative or anticoagulant. Submit with an appropriately completed requisition, including pertinent patient history. Refrigerate specimens that cannot be delivered immediately and deliver as soon as possible. Do not allow specimen to freeze.

Normal Volume
Submit as much as is available
Minimum Volume
100 mL
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.

Billing
CPT Code
88104-TC
Fee Code
23137
Pro Fee CPT
88104-26
Pro Fee Code
varies by fluid type
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