Geisinger Medical Laboratories Test Catalog

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PLEURAL FLUID

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Pleural fluid
Collection container:
Specimen Required:
Minimum of 50 mL pleural fluid. If possible, > 500 mL or entire volume collected should be submitted.
Special notes:
See Cytopathology Collection Appendix.
Patient preparation:
Sterile skin at puncture site for percutaneous access.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen Processing Instructions:
Obtain pleural fluid (minimum 50 mL) in specimen container. 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerate or keep on wet ice until transported to the laboratory.
Rejection criteria:
Inadequate patient identifiers on specimen, unlabeled specimen, discrepancy between patient specimen and requisition information, improper collection.

TEST DETAILS
Reference range:
Not applicable.
Critical Values/Courtesy Alerts:
Not applicable.
Additional information:
None.
CPT code(s):
88108, 88305
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Cytologic evaluation.
Synonyms:
Thoracentesis
Body cavity fluid
Cytology unspecified procedure
Clinical Significance:
Detection of malignant cells in body cavity fluids.
Doctoral Director Review:
Steven Meschter M.D.     Review Date: 09/29/2014

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Michele Zelonis
Frequency: Monday-Friday
Performed stat? N

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Lisa DiPippa    
Frequency: Monday-Friday    
Performed stat? N