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Test Code LAB4638 (Pap Smear) Liquid Based Pap Specimen, No Interface (LAB4638)

Important Note

Required Information:

Answers to the following questions are needed for pap processing and reflexive testing:

1.     Perform HPV regardless of result?

2.     Perform HPV if ASCUS?

3.     HPV if any abnormality?

Patient information required for pap interpretation:

1.     Date of last menstrual period

2.     Date of colleciton

3.     Indication of previous abnormal report

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Laboratory

Specimen Requirements

Acceptable specimens:


1.     Obtain the SurePath Preservative Fluid (pap container) from the laboratory.

2.     Collect adequate pap specimen. Most cervical carcinomas and pre-cancerous conditions occur in the

         transformation zone (squamo-columnar junction); therefore, this area needs to be sampled if optimum

         results are to be obtained. Place colleciton device immediately into the SurePath vial.

3.     Break off the collection device handle, keeping the device in the SurePath vial.

4.     Label specimen with a least two unique identifiers: Patient's name and Medical Record Number or

        Date of Birth.

5.     Store at room temperature. Cytology testing must be completed within 28 days of the collection date.

Reference Values

Negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Friday


Liquid based pap specimen processed on the BD PrepMate and BD PrepStain, producing a slide that is

examined microscopically first on the BD FocalPoint, then manually by the cytotech.

Test Classification and CPT Coding

88175-Liquid based pap smear automated/manual screen

87624-HPV High Risk Screening PCR (if appropriate)