Cytology, PAP Smear

CPT Codes

  • 88164 - QTY (1)


  • PAP Smear

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

3 - 5 days


Name Description

Reference Range

Cytology, PAP Smear
Sex Age From Age To Type Range Range Unit
       Refer to report and evaluation for atypical cells suspicious or diagnostic of malignancy. 

Special Info

Label, using a #2 pencil, the frosted end of glass slide with the patient's name, unique identifier and source before sample collection. An optimal sample contains both a cervical scrape and an endocervical brush sample. Obtain the ectocervical sample by scraping circumferentially with a spatula. Hold the spatula between the fingers of the nonsampling hand (or rest it on the glass slide) with the specimen face-up while the endocervical brush material is collected by rotating the brush in the cervical os without delay. Spread the material collected on the spatula evenly over the glass slide with a single, smooth stroking motion. Roll the brush across the glass slide by twirling the handle. 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, last menstrual period, attending physician, clinical diagnosis including patient's pertinent medications, time, date and source of specimen submitted. Indicate if it is a screening pap, high risk screening pap or diagnostic pap smear (I.C.D - 9 code required).

Clinical Info

Evaluation for atypical cells suspicious or diagnostic of malignancy