Specimen Requirements

Title

PAP SMEAR, CERVICAL AND/OR VAGINAL

Specimen Requirement

Cervical and/or vaginal scrapings on slide(s). Fix immediately with spray fixative or 95% alcohol. Do not allow air-drying of specimen to occur. After fixation allow slides to air dry before placing in cardboard slide containers. Patient’s name should be written in pencil on frosted end of slide. If smear is taken from a specific abnormal site, please so indicate on requisition.

Methodology

Modified Bethesda System using Papanicolaou stain.

Stability

Room Temp: 7 days

Reference Range

By Report.

Turnaround

10-12 Days.

Clinical Use

The conventional pap smear is intended for use in screening for the presence of atypical cells, cervical cancer, or its precursor lesion, as well as all other cytologic categories as defined by the Bethesda system for reporting cervical/vaginal cytologic diagnoses.

Test Code

1559