Oral Cytology

CPT CODE: 88160

SYNONYMS: Oral scrapings, palate scrapings

TEST INCLUDES: Staining and cytologic evaluation of prepared slides.

DEPARTMENT: Cytology

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENT: 1 labeled glass slide containing direct scrapings of oral lesions immediately wet-fixed in 95% ethyl alcohol.

TESTING SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday 08:30 - 15:30.  Turnaround time: 2 working days.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Scrape lesion with spatula or tongue blade and quickly smear on glass slide. Immediately immerse slide in 95% ethyl alcohol. Do not allow material to air dry. Glass slide must be labeled with patient's name at the site of collection. Include all pertinent data on request form.

REFERENCE INTERVAL: Normal cells.