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Pap Test, Conventional
Synonyms: Pap smear, Pap slide
Specimen Type: Cervical/endocervical tissue, vaginal tissue
Specimen Collection: PAP KIT - Frosted label end slides, broom-type collection device, Cervix brush collection device, plastic spatula, spray fixative, cardboard/plastic slide holder
Collection Procedure: Click here to see collection instructions.
Required Info: Complete the Incyte Request Form with the patient's demographics and relevant history. Be sure to include the last menstrual period (LMP), hormone therapy, history of cancer/dysplasia, intrauterine device (IUD), etc., as well as check any appropriate boxes.
Specimen Stability: Indefinite at room temperature
Unacceptable Specimen: Improper or inadequate patient identification, air dried slide/ improper fixative applied to specimen cell film.
Limitations: Excess blood/inflammation/lubricant, scant cellularity
Department: Cytology
Method: Conventional Pap smear
Turn Around: 3-4 days
Performed: Monday-Friday 6 AM- 1:30 AM
Test Includes: All Pap tests (gynecologic specimens) within normal limits will be screened by a trained and certified Cytotechnologist and a report provided.
Retention: 5 years
CPT Code: 88164 smear, 88147 automated, 88141Interpretation
Notes: All Pap tests are correlated with patient's previous history if on file at Incyte Diagnostics. When indicated the Pap test and biopsy will be correlated. The Pap Smear is not a diagnostic test, but a screening test, utilized to identify the presence of pre-malignant and malignant disease and various infectious agents. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Testing: May be requested as a reflex test with a diagnosis of atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) or, as an adjunctive test in women 30 years and older, with Pap diagnosis of within normal limits, but a separate collection for HPV must be made.

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