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.

Test Limitations

Lack of pulmonary alveolar macrophages, improper fixation or air drying of cellular material, delay in delivery of specimen 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
PCSH
MiChart Code
Pulmonary Cytology
Synonyms
  • SPUT
  • SPUTUM
  • CYTONG
  • Cytology, Non-Gyn
Laboratory
Cytopathology
Section
Cytopathology
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Label a clean, leakproof rigid container with patient's last name, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier). Obtain expectorated sputum, NOT SALIVA OR NASAL SECRETION. Instruct patient to rinse mouth and then expectorate a DEEP COUGH specimen into container. An early morning deep cough yields the best specimen. Do not add fixative. 24-hour collections are not acceptable. Refrigerate specimens that cannot be delivered immediately and deliver as soon as possible. Do not allow specimens to freeze.

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
88160-TC
Fee Code
23121
Pro Fee CPT
88160-26
Pro Fee Code
88160.2
NY State Approved
No