Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: 100003         Geisinger Epic ID: 17605

Specimen type:
Pleural fluid
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
Non-sterile specimen container
Specimen required:
Minimum of 50 mL pleural fluid. If possible, > 500 mL or entire volume collected should be submitted.
Special notes:
Note: The sensitivity of this examination for detecting malignant cells decreases significantly with low-volume specimens.
Patient preparation:
Sterilize skin at puncture site for percutaneous access.

Specimen processing instructions:
Obtain pleural fluid (minimum 50 mL) in specimen container. 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerate or keep on wet ice until transported to the laboratory.
Rejection criteria:
Inadequate patient identifiers on specimen, unlabeled specimen, discrepancy between patient specimen and requisition information, improper collection.

Reference interval:
Not applicable.
CPT code(s):
88108, 88305
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Microscopic evaluation and cell block preparation for immunophenotyping.
Thoracentesis, effusion
Body cavity fluid
Cytology unspecified procedure
Clinical significance:
Detection of malignant cells in body cavity fluids.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Sara Monaco MD    
Review Date: 11/10/2020

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Michele Zelonis
Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday, 1st shift
Performed stat? No

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Lisa DiPippa    
Frequency: Monday-Friday    
Performed stat? No

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Rebecca Havice  
Frequency: Monday-Friday    
Performed stat?
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