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Test indications: Detection and characterization of inflammatory/infectious processes of the skin, especially herpetic infections.
Routine cytopathologic evaluation.
Specimen required: Direct smear of material collected from a skin lesion, usually a vesicle.
Transport: Each specimen should be placed in a clearly labeled container that is leak proof. Place specimen inside a biohazard transport bag. Paper requisition(s) that accompany the specimen or slides in fixative should be placed in the outside pocket of the biohazard bag to avoid exposure to any leakage of fixative.
Causes for rejection: Incomplete patient requisitions, unlabeled/incorrectly labeled specimen, frozen specimen, incorrect test ordered for specimen, specimen in incorrect or expired fixative, specimen from unauthorized person.
Unacceptable conditions: Air-dried smears.
Stability: Fixed slides: Indefinitely.
Reference interval: By report.
CPT code: 88160