Laboratory Services

Tracheal Washing

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Tracheal Washing
Synonym(s)

Trachea

Test ID

NON-O

Specimen Type

Washing

Specimen Requirements

Cytology fixative, specimen container.

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Required Information

Complete the Incyte Diagnostics requisition with the patient's demographics and relevant clinical history. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, second unique identifier, and specimen source/site.

Stability

Unfixed specimens remain stable for 2 hours at room temperature. Specimens fixed in cytology fixative are stable for 24 hours. Refrigerated unfixed specimens which are not transported within 2 hours must be refrigerated and can remain stable for 3 days unless specimen was collected using saline.

Unacceptable Specimen Conditions

Unlabeled specimens, Specimens in incorrect fixative (such as formalin) can only be processed as a cell block. Specimens with excess lubricant.

Department (code)

Cytology

Estimated TAT

13 business days from receipt

Testing Schedule

Monday–Saturday

Retention

Specimen: 7 days
Slides: 10 years

CPT Code(s)

88112 - Monolayer
88305 - Cytology Cell Block