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Cytopathology 88104

The examination of fluids, washings and brushings. This code is typically utilized for bronchial brushing specimens. Brushings of the gastrointestinal tract are also included. Most other cytopathology specimens have different codes, which will be detailed below. Most fine needle aspiration biopsies are coded 88172 and 88173. Fluids requiring centrifugation fall under 88108. Cervical and Vaginal specimens ("Pap Smears") are also coded separately.

Cytopathology 88108

The examination of fluids and washings with centrifugation to concentrate the specimen. Most all body fluid specimens are concentrated by centrifugation, then placed on microscope slide to be stained for examination. Examples include urine; bronchial washings; pleural, pericardial, peritoneal, and cerebrospinal fluids.

Cytopathology 88141 Pap Smears

Abnormal Pap Smears, cervical or vaginal, requiring examination by a pathologist.

Cytopathology 88142 Pap Smears

Pap Smears, cervical or vaginal - routine screening by cytotechnologist without epithelial abnormalities identified. Note: FirstPath utilizes the liquid based Pap smear methodology (Thin Prep, by Cytec Corporation). This method is significantly more effective than conventional Pap smears for the detection of squamous epithelial lesions.