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Test Code CTFNA Cytology Fine-Needle Aspiration


Advisory Information


If a consultation is desired, order PATHC / Pathology Consultation.



Necessary Information


1. An acceptable cytology request form must accompany specimen containers and include the following: Patient's name, medical record number, date of birth, sex, source (exact location and procedure used), date specimen was taken, name of ordering physician and pager number.

2. Submit any pertinent history or clinical information.



Specimen Required


Specimen Type: Slide

Container/Tube: Plastic slide container

Specimen Volume: Smear

Collection Instructions:

1. Smears should be immediately fixed in 95% ethanol or sprayed with commercially available fixative. Smears that have been air-dried or Diff-Quik stained may also be accepted.

2. Label containers with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (eg, patient name and medical record number or date of birth), specimen source, and date of collection. Label each glass slide in pencil with a minimum of 1 unique identifier, but 2 identifiers are preferred. If multiple slides are submitted, each slide must have proper identification.

 

Specimen Type: Fluid

Container/Tube: 60-mL (2 oz) jar with screw cap, 50-mL disposable centrifuge tube with screw cap, or 15-mL test tube with screw cap

Specimen Volume: Any amount

Collection Instructions:

1. Preferred method is no fixative added to fluid prior to processing and the specimen must be received and processed by the Cytology Laboratory within 1 hour of collection.

2. If not possible to submit within 1 hour, specimen should be refrigerated no longer than 62 hours. Additional acceptable fixatives are specimens with equal volume of 50%, 70%, 80%, or 95% ethanol, PreservCyt solution, CytoRich Red, or CytoLyt.

3. Label containers with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (eg, patient name and medical record number or date of birth), specimen source, and date of collection. 

 

Specimen Type: Tissue

Container/Tube: 50-mL disposable centrifuge tube with screw cap or 60-mL (2 oz) jar with screw cap containing 10% neutral-buffered formalin

Specimen Volume: Any amount

Collection Instructions:

1. Tissue fragments must be submitted in 10% neutral-buffered formalin.

2. Label containers with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (eg, patient name and medical record number or date of birth), specimen source, and date of collection.


Useful For

Detection of malignancy and certain inflammatory conditions

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
CBKPC Cell Block No, (Bill Only) No

Testing Algorithm

Cell block will be added at an additional charge when a cell block is made from an additional specimen submitted along with the slides.

 

Includes testing from virtually any body site that can be aspirated with a fine needle (22 gauge or smaller).

Method Name

Light Microscopy

Reporting Name

Cytology Fine Needle Aspiration

Specimen Type

Varies

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Varies Ambient (preferred)
  Refrigerated 

Reject Due To

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Frozen specimen

Reference Values

Negative for malignant cells

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Analytic Time

2 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test has been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.

CPT Code Information

88173

88305-CBKPC (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
CTFNA Cytology Fine Needle Aspiration In Process

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
71690 Interpretation In Process
71691 Participated in the Interpretation No LOINC Needed
71689 Report electronically signed by In Process
71274 Addendum In Process
71275 Gross Description In Process
71644 Adequacy Evaluation In Process
CY067 Collection Procedure In Process
CY054 Source In Process
CY055 Clinical History In Process
CY056 Fixative In Process
71566 Disclaimer 62364-5
71812 Case Number In Process