Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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TZANCK SMEAR

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Scraping from base of vesicle
Collection container:
Glass Slides
Specimen Required:
Labeled glass slides.
Special notes:
See Cytology Collection Appendix.
Patient preparation:
None.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
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.

TEST DETAILS
Reference range:
Not applicable.
Critical Values/Courtesy Alerts:
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
CYTOLOGY UNSPECIFIED PROCEDURE
Clinical Significance:
Detection of inflammatory or infectious processes of the skin, especially herpetic infection.
Doctoral Director Review:
Steven Meschter M.D.     Review Date: 09/29/2014

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Michele Zelonis
Frequency: Monday-Friday
Performed stat? N

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Lisa DiPippa    
Frequency: Monday-Friday    
Performed stat? N