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Test Mnemonic:
Specimen Requirements:

If > 0.5 cc of fluid is obtained, send fluid in capped syringe (remove needle) or clean container. If < 0.5 cc obtained, send smears fixed in 95% alcohol.  Slides should be put in 95% ethanol jar. Pertinent clinical information must be included when ordering. Slides must be labeled in pencil (frosted end) with patient's full name and medical record number.


Well constructed container with secure lid and sealed plastic bag or use 95% ethanol for slides.

Minimum Volume:

0.5 ml or 1 slide


Smears fixed in 95% ETOH can remain at room temperature.  Fresh specimens should be refrigerated.

Causes for Rejection:

Incomplete and/or improper labeling, insufficient pertinent clinical history, specimen not fixed on slide immediately, missing collection information.

Reference Range:
Turnaround Time:

Routine: 1-3 working days; STAT: same day


Specimens are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5 PM (except holidays) at Room 4.610, Clinical Services Wing.  After hours specimens should be dropped off at sample managment on the 7th floor CSW



Clinical Indication:

Detection of abnormal cells and malignant cells

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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