Ciliary Motility Study (Electron Microscopy)

Test Mnemonic


CPT Codes

  • 88348 - QTY (1)




  • Akron Childrens

Performing Laboratory

Akron Children's Hospital

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
No Minimum VolumeOtherSterile container  Types: brushing or tissue/biopsy Source: nasal/tracheal Instructions: Place the specimen immediately in glutaraldehyde (which can be obtained from the surgical pathology lab). Transport the specimen immediately to the Surigcal Pathology lab.


Environmental Condition Description
AmbientBuffered glutaraldehyde (2.5%–3%) or Trump’s fixative


Name Description

Clinical Reference

For individuals affected by primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare genetic condition with symptoms often mistaken for common respiratory infections, diagnosis can be challenging. But early identification of the disorder, which is characterized by defects in the form and/or function of the body’s cilia resulting in chronic disease and infertility in men, is critical to delay or prevent damage to the lungs. Accurate diagnosis can facilitate measures to keep the airways and lungs as healthy as possible.