Sputum Cytology

CPT CODE: 88104, 88108, 88112, C305

SYNONYMS:

TEST INCLUDES: Specimen preparation and cytologic evaluation.

DEPARTMENT: Cytology

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENT: Fresh material from early morning deep cough secretions in a clean, screw top hard plastic container with NO fixative added.

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

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Do NOT submit saliva, nasal secretions or 24-hour sputum collections. A series of sputum samples on three to five consecutive mornings is recommended for cancer detection.

REFERENCE INTERVAL: Normal cells.