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

24 - 48 hours

MiChart Code
Pulmonary Cytology
Soft Order Code
PCSH

Test Updated:

Synonyms

SPUT
SPUTUM
CYTONG
Cytology, Non-Gyn

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Test Overview

Test Methodology
 
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.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

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. Deliver immediately to Specimen Processing or to the Cytopathology Laboratory during laboratory hours. Refrigerate specimens that cannot be delivered during laboratory hours and deliver as soon as possible the following work day. Do not allow specimens to freeze.

Collection Offsite

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.

Minimum Volume
 

Billing Information

CPT Code
88160-TC
Pro Fee Code
88160.2
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.