Cytology Fine Needle Aspirate/ ThinPrep

CPT Codes

  • 88173 - QTY (1)


  • ThinPrep

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
UnspecifiedAspirate, fine needleCytoLyt solution   
OneAspirate, fine needleSlide   

Days Performed

Mon - Fri

Turnaround Time

1 day


Name Description

Reference Range

Cytology Fine Needle Aspirate/ ThinPrep
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

Rapid stain preparations to assess adequacy can be requested by calling Cytology Lab extension 4-6577. Clinician collected specimen. Label, using a #2 pencil, the frosted end of glass slide with the patient's name and unique identifier. The specimen may be smeared at time of collection on glass slide(s) and immediately placed in cytology fixative or sprayed with cytology spray fixative. Rinse fluid aspirates and/or remaining material in the needle/syringe into a CytoLyt solution container (available in Client Services or storeroom (107020)). Label container with two unique patient identifiers (not on lid) and cap tightly. REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW: Specimen must be accompanied by Cytology requisition giving patient's name, age, clinic number, clinician, clinical history, procedure location, specimen submitted, time and date.