Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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TZANCK SMEAR

Specimen type:
Scraping from base of vesicle
Tube type / collection container:
Glass Slides
Specimen collection notes:
See Cytology Collection Appendix.
What to submit:
Labeled glass slides.
Patient preparation:
None.
 
Specimen Processing Instructions:
Obtain scraping from base of lesion, removing top layer of vesicle if necessary. Quickly smear material on glass slide. Allow slide to air dry. Label slides with two patient identifiers. 
Transport temperature:
Room temperature.
Rejection criteria:
Inadequate patient identifiers on specimen, unlabeled specimen, discrepancy between patient specimen and requisition information, improper collection.
 
Reference range:
Not applicable.
Alert limits:
Not applicable.
Additional information:
None.
CPT code(s):
88161
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Cytologic evaluation.
Synonyms:
HERPES, TZANCK PREP
Clinical Significance:
Detection of inflammatory or infectious processes of the skin, especially herpetic infection.
Doctoral Director Review:
Steven Meschter M.D.    03/12/2014

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Doctoral director:
Technical specialist: Michele Zelonis
Frequency: Monday-Friday
Performed stat? N
Review/ revision date: 01/07/2014
Reviewed/revised by: Michele Zelonis

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Doctoral director: Hanna Kaspar MD
Technical specialist: Lisa DiPippa    
Frequency:    
Performed stat?
Review/ revision date: 01/02/2014    
Reviewed/revised by: Lisa DiPippa