Abdominal Fluid Cytology

CPT: 88112

Test Details


  • Abdominal Effusion Cytology
  • Paracentesis
  • Pelvic Washings


Establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasms; aid in the diagnosis of fungal and parasitic infestation of serous cavities


Allowing fluid to stand for a prolonged period before processing may cause deterioration and artifact. First tapping of fluids of long duration may be degenerated and require a second tap after reaccumulation.


The fluid will be centrifuged, supernatant poured off, and diagnostic cells aspirated from the remaining material. Filters, monolayers, and/or cytospins will be made along with a cell block, if applicable. Microscopic examination is performed.

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