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CSF CYTOLOGY (CYC)

Department: Cytology
Test Synonym(s): CYC, Brain Cyst Fluid, CNS Body Fluid, Cerebral Spinal Fluid
CPT Codes: 88108
Methodology: Call Lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Tube Type: Sterile container; Clean specimen container and/or the Plastic LP tube (Third or fourth tube collected is preferable. No glass containers will be accepted.)
Specimen: CSF: Fresh specimen - deliver to the lab immediately
Volume: Obtain as much as clinical judgement allows
Minimum Volume: 3cc
Temperature: Refrigeration is optimal
Reasons for Rejection: Mislabeled specimen,specimen received in a glass container, received in syringes with needles attached, specimen leaked out in transit, insufficient fluid for processing
Days Performed: Monday - Friday; closed major Holidays
Times Performed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TAT: 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) for routine cases without cell block or special stains may require a longer turn-around time
Significance: Need patient history of prior or suspected malignancy; i.e., carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma, etc.
Special Instructions: We must be informed if patient had prior or has suspected Lymphoma or Leukemia. Specimens on patients with this history are directed to another laboratory for different tests and results (Hematology and Hemepathology). For patients with a history of or suspected carcinoma (or malignancy other than Heme) should be directed to Cytopathology.

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