Cytology Brushings

CPT Codes

  • 88104 - QTY (1)


  • Brushings

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
OneBrushing (s)Slide   
OneBrushing (s)CytoLyt solution   

Days Performed

Mon - Fri

Turnaround Time

1 day


Name Description

Reference Range

Cytology Brushings
Sex Age From Age To Type Range Range Unit
       Refer to report and evaluation for atypical cells suspicious or diagnostic of malignancy . Interpretation by Pathologist. 

Special Info

Label, using a #2 pencil, the frosted end of glass slide with to unique patient identifiers (patient name and MRN). Transfer material from the brush to the slide by twirling the brush along the length of the slide. Fix immediately by spraying with cytology spray fixative or placing the slide into liquid cytology fixative. Next, snip off unsheathed brush leaving about two inches of wire and place into a container of CytoLyt solution (available from Client Services or storeroom (107020)). Indicate patient's name, unique identifier, and date on specimen container. REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW: Specimen must be accompanied by Cytology requisition or electronic test request giving patient's name, age, clinic number, clinician, clinical history, procedure location, specimen submitted, time and date.