Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Test Name: Sunquest Test Code Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

TZANCK SMEAR

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
     Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: 100003         Geisinger Epic ID: 17605

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Scraping from base of vesicle
Preferred collection container:
Glass Slides
Specimen required:
Labeled glass slides with direct smeared specimen, air dried.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen processing instructions:
Obtain scraping from base of lesion, removing top layer of vesicle if necessary. Quickly smear material on glass slide. Allow slide to air dry. Label slides with two patient identifiers. 
Transport temperature:
Room temperature.
Rejection criteria:
Inadequate patient identifiers on specimen, unlabeled specimen, discrepancy between patient specimen and requisition information, improper collection.

TEST DETAILS
CPT code(s):
88161
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 examiniation of DiffQuick-stained smears.
Synonyms:
HERPES, TZANCK PREP
CYTOLOGY
Clinical significance:
Detection of inflammatory or infectious processes of the skin, especially herpetic infection.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Steven Meschter M.D.    
Review Date: 12/13/2018

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Michele Zelonis
Frequency: Monday-Friday
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?

Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical specialist: Vanessa Green    
Frequency: Monday-Friday 1st shift    
Performed stat? No
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