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Epic Test Name CELL CULTURE FOR SPECIALTY LAB TESTS
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Synonyms Fibroblast culture
Description Tissue culture and specimen preparation for referral to outside laboratory for special testing.
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Collection Instructions See Solid Tissue. Non-neoplastic, or Amniotic Fluid Cytogenetics for specimen requirements.
Specimen Handling
Rejection Criteria Frozen or grossly contaminated specimens.
Methodology Cells are cultured in nutrient medium, usually until confluent, but as specified by the specialty laboratory to which they will be sent. Cultures are delivered by courier or overnight shipping to specialty laboratory. Two reserve flasks of cells will be frozen in -80⁰ C liquid nitrogen and maintained for one year at no additional charge. If storing of cells for longer than one year is requested, additional storage fees will be assessed.
Reference Range See interpretive report.
CPT Code(s) Tissue: 88233
Shipping: 99001
Additional flasks: 88233-TC each
Additional year of storage: 88240
Thaw and prep frozen cells: 88241
If mycoplasma testing is required by the specialty lab, add: 87109,
99001
Department Cytogenetics
Contact Information Cytogenetics Lab: (214) 648-0975, Toll Free (877) 887-8136
Turn Around Time2 - 4 weeks; dependent on growth rate of cultured cells.
Performed Sunday - Saturday
Performed by Cytogenetics
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Notes • Veripath is not responsible for inadequate or Inappropriate billing information provided to the specialty laboratory.
• Prior to submitting the tissue specimen to Veripath for culture,
o Check with the specialty laboratory regarding any special bil
Updated/Reviewed 12/12/2016


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