Brushing for cytology

Alphabetical Test listing

Brushing for cytology-6301

Brushing for cytology
Bile duct, bronchial, colon, endocervical, esophageal, gastric, renal pelvis, ureteral, urethral or other brushing.

Non-Metro Hospitals/Clinics/outreach clients:

  1. Place brush into CytoLyt ™ or sterile saline.
  2. Clip brush.
  3. Label container with two patient identifiers.
  4. If no CytoLyt ™ or sterile saline is available, gently smear specimen onto a clean glass slide labeled per instructions, How to label a slide for cytological examination. Place the labeled slide(s) into a slide carrier for transport.

Metro Hospitals:

  1. Immediately place brush into labeled container of CytoLyt ™ or saline.
  2. Clip brush.
  3. Deliver to lab.
  4. If Microbiology testing is needed submit separate specimen in sterile saline and label for Microbiology.

If Fungus/Pneumocystis stain is requested indicate "Cytology and fungus stain"


Submit entire specimen


Cytology Only:

CytoLyt ™ fixative

Microbiology & Cytology:

Saline vial/tube (sterile)

  • Non-GYN Cytology request
  • Pertinent clinical history/previous malignancy


  • Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen
  • Unlabeled slide in a labeled slide container
  • Leaking specimen if label has been rendered unreadable
  • Slide broken beyond repair
AHL - Cytology: A
1 - 2 days

Microscopic examination


An interpretive report will be included

88112 - Cytology
88312 - Fungus