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CYST FLUID CYTOLOGY (NGY)

Department: Cytology
Test Synonym(s): NGY, Cyst FNA
CPT Codes: 88108
Methodology: Call the lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Tube Type: Clean plastic container; no glass containers will be accepted.
Specimen: Fresh specimen. Fixative may be added if specimen cannot be refrigerated during transport or cannot be delivered within 2 hours.
Volume: 3 cc to 50 cc is optimal
Minimum Volume: 3 cc
Temperature: Room temperature or refrigerated if specimen cannot be delivered within 2 hours.
Stability: Room temperature: up to 2 hours, refrigerated if longer than 2 hours
Reasons for Rejection: Mislabeled specimen, received in glass container or syringe with needle attached, specimen leaked out in transit or insufficient fluid for processing.
Days Performed: Monday - Friday; closed major holidays
Times Performed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TAT: 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) for cases without cell block or special stains; cases with cell block or special stains may require a longer turn-around time.

Significance: MUST STATE BODY SITE. Need patient history of prior or suspected malignancy; i.e. carcinoma, melanoma, lyphoma, etc.
Special Instructions: This test can be categorized as FNA if collected with a fine needle. Please call the lab for assistance: 615-322-2721.

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