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Test indication: The Pap smear is used as a screening test for the evaluation of the lower female genital tract to detect the presence of inflammatory/infectious conditions, benign proliferative conditions, unsuspected or confirmation of suspected atypia, pre-malignant, or malignant changes, follow-up of patients with known and/or treated pre-malignant or malignant lesions.
Specimen types: Vaginal, cervical or cervical/endocervical sample(s) collected using conventional or liquid base Pap test collection method.
Routine cytopathologic evaluation.
Reference interval: By report.
General Patient Preparation instructions
To optimize collection, a woman should:
1. Schedule an appointment approximately
two weeks (10-18 days) after the first day of her last menstrual
period (obtain specimens during the second half of the menstrual
period to avoid contamination by obscuring blood).
General procedural instructions (see links at end of this section for specific instructions)
1. Label the slide(s) with the patients
first and last name, and specimen source directly on the frosted
end of the glass, in pencil, before beginning the procedure.
THE LABORATORY WILL NOT ACCEPT UNLABELED SLIDES. Please note
that a Pap smear folder labeled with the patients name
is not adequate for patient identification. The patient information
must appear on the slide.
Causes for rejection: Incomplete patient requisitions, unlabeled/incorrectly labeled specimen, frozen specimen, incorrect test ordered for specimen, specimen submitted in incorrect or expired fixative, specimen from unauthorized person.
Specimen stability: Fixed slides are stable indefinitely. SurePath Pap Test liquid preservative specimens stable up to 28 days.
CPT codes: CPT codes vary based on testing performed.