Cytopathology: Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
Additional CPT codes may apply if special studies are required.
Collect a minimum of 3 mL of CSF. If flow cytometry for lymphoma/leukemia is required, provide as much specimen as possible (CSF for flow cytometry must be submitted fresh).
Collect and transport specimens according to Biological Substance, Category B, and shipping guidelines.
- ThinPrep®: 3 weeks
- SurePath™: 4 weeks
- Refrigerated: Sterile container (24 hours)
This test is primarily used to detect and characterize malignant cells, including lymphoma/leukemia, in the central nervous system.
1 - 3 days
Monday - Friday