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Nasopharynx
Synonyms: Throat, nose
Specimen Type: Brushing
Specimen Collection: Cytology fixative, specimen container.
Collection Procedure: Click here to see collection instructions.
Required Info: Complete the Incyte Request Form with the patient's demographics and relevant history.
Specimen Stability: Maintain the specimen at room temperature.
Unacceptable Specimen: Unlabeled specimens, Specimens in incorrect fixative (such as formalin) can only be processed as a cell block. Specimens with excess lubricant.
Limitations: Adequacy
Department: Cytology
Method: Monolayer
Turn Around: 24 - 48 hours from submission
Performed: Monday - Friday
Test Includes: Processing, examination and interpretive report
Retention: Specimen 7 days. Slides 10 years
CPT Code: 88112 Monolayer, 88305 Cytology Cell Block
Notes: If collecting for an eosinophil count, send to your clinical laboratory provider. If collecting for microbiologic or viral cultures, direct fluorescence or nucleic acid testing, send a separate collection to your clinical laboratory provider.

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