Cytology, Non-Gyn Smears

CPT Codes

  • 88160 - QTY (1)


  • Nipple discharge
  • Skin scraping


  • Skin Scraping
  • Nipple Discharge

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
OneSmear (s)Slide   

Days Performed

Mon - Fri

Turnaround Time

1 day


Name Description

Reference Range

Cytology, Non-Gyn Smears
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 two unique patient identifiers (patient's name and clinic number). Collect skin lesions by scraping the lesion with a scalpel or spatula. Transfer sample on slide evenly with a smooth stroke. Express nipple discharge samples directly onto a slide, use a second glass slide to smear sample evenly. Immediately fix slide using Cytology spray fixative or placing into liquid Cytology fixative for transport. 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.

Clinical Info

Evaluation for atypical cells suspicious or diagnostic of malignancy Interpretation by Pathologist.