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URINARY TRACT CYTOLOGY (NGY)

Department: Cytology
Test Synonym(s): NGY, Voided urine, Catheterized urine, Bladder lavage, Bladder washing
CPT Codes: 88112
Methodology: Call the lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Tube Type: Clean specimen container; (Glass containers will not be accepted)
Specimen: Fresh specimen. Collect in cytology fixative if specimen cannot be refrigerated during transport or cannot be delivered to the lab within 1 hour. Please indicate if voided, catheterized or Ileal conduit. NOTE: 24 hour urine specimens are not acceptable.
Volume: 100 mL is optimal
Minimum 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.
Reasons for Rejection: Mislabeled specimen, specimen received in glass container, received in syringes with needles attached, insufficient fluid for processing or specimen leaked during transport, 24 hour urine specimens
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: Please provide collection method, patient's history of malignancy, kidney stones and/or other urogenital disorders.
Special Instructions: Indicate if voided, catheterized or Ileal conduit. Please call the lab at 615-322-2721 for fixative or to confirm proper collection and shipping instructions.

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