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Test Code CPAPS Conventional Smear-Screen

Advisory Information

Mayo Medical Laboratories' clients need prior laboratory approval to order cytology testing.


Specimen submitted as endocervical curettage or endocervical brushing need to be ordered as CYTNG / Cytology Non-Gynecologic.

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 clinical information, including date of last menstrual period.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation: For optimal interpretation, Papanicolaou smears should be collected near the middle of the menstrual cycle. No douching, lubricant use, or sexual intercourse for 24 hours prior to specimen collection.

Container/Tube: Slide

Specimen Volume: Circular scrape of cervical os

Collection Instructions:

1. Specimen containers must be labeled with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (patient's name, and medical record number or date of birth). Containers should also be labeled with specimen source, and date collected.

2. Glass slides may be labeled with a single unique identifier, but 2 identifiers are preferred. If multiple slides are submitted, each slide must have proper identification. Glass slides should be identified with the following: patient's name and a second patient identifier that is also on the accompanying paperwork (ie, medical record number or date of birth)

3. Fix slides immediately in 95% alcohol or treat with commercially available spray fixative.


Gyn-Cytology Patient Information (T601) in Special Instructions

Useful For

Screening for cervical carcinoma and a number of infections of the female genital tract including human papillomavirus, herpes, Candida, and Trichomonas

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
CVSPC Physician Interp Conventional No No

Testing Algorithm

If Papanicolaou results are abnormal, a pathologist will review the case at an additional charge.

Special Instructions

Method Name

Light Microscopy

Reporting Name

Conventional Smear-Screen

Specimen Type


Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Varies Ambient (preferred)

Reject Due To









Reference Values

Satisfactory for evaluation

Negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy


Note: Abnormal results will be reviewed by a physician at an additional charge.

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday; Varies, 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



88141-CVSPC (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
CPAPS Conventional Smear-Screen In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
71301 Interpretation In Process
71302 Participated in the Interpretation No LOINC Needed
71303 Report electronically signed by 19139-5
71304 Addendum In Process
71305 Gross Description 22634-0
CY032 Pap Test Source 19763-2
CY033 Clinical History In Process
CY034 Menstrual Status (LMP, PM, Pregnant) In Process
CY035 Hormone Therapy/Contraceptives In Process
71572 Disclaimer 62364-5
71818 Case Number 80398-1