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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 specimen container; (Glass containers will not be accepted.
Specimen: Fresh specimen. Fixative may be added if specimen cannot be refrigerated during transport or cannot be delivered within 2 hours.
Volume: Obtain as much as clinical judgement allows
Temperature: Room temperature if delivered to lab within 2 hours of collection; refrigerate if specimen cannot be in lab within 2 hours. Some specimens may have fixative added if specimen cannot be delivered within 2 hours and cannot be refrigerated during transport. Call lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Stability: Room temperature: up to 2 hours, refrigerated if longer than 2 hours
Reasons for Rejection: Mislabeled specimen, specimen received in glass container, received in syringes with needles 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: 48 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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