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Miscellaneous Brush Specimen, Saccomanno Fixed - Royal Oak and Farmington Hills

Miscellaneous brushing of any body site other than brushes from the respiratory system or gastrointestinal system, Brush, Miscellaneous, Cytology, Non-Gyn, Other Specimen, CYTOLOGY, MEDICAL (NON-GYN/FNA), EPIC: LAB6797, SOFT: CYT


  • Saccomanno fluid can be obtained by contacting the Royal Oak Cytology Laboratory at 248-898-9035 (extension 89035) or Farmington Hills Cytology Laboratory at 248-471-8249.
  • Examples of miscellaneous brush specimens include nasal, oral, urethral brushings, etc.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Brush placed into a pre-filled bottle of Saccomanno fluid.

  • The brush must be submersed in Saccomanno fluid.
  • Label the specimen container with the patient's full name, date of birth, hospital number, source of specimen, and date of test.
  • In house cytology specimens should be ordered in EPIC order entry. In the “additional orders” field input “CYTOLOGY, MEDICAL (NON-GYN/FNA)” and fill in all appropriate fields. IMPORTANT: ORDER AND SIGN EACH CYTOLOGY TEST INDIVIDUALLY. THE LABORATORY INFORMATION SYSTEM CANNOT FILE MULTIPLE TESTS ORDERED IN THE SAME SESSION AND SOME ORDERS MAY BE LOST. Label specimen container and requisition with SOFT ID labels.
  • All Cytology specimens must be accompanied by a requisition and must include the patient name, hospital and visit number, date of birth, date of specimen collection, pertinent patient history, physician name and source of specimen.    

Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Maintain specimen at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) prior to transport.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Brush submersed in Saccomanno fluid at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F).

Rejection Criteria

  • Improper labeling of specimen container or requisition.
  • Specimen not accompanied by requisition.
  • Requisitions not accompanied by a specimen.
  • Improper collection of specimen (such as improper fixation).
  • Any specimen received without all of the required information will result in a delay of processing until all information can be verified.
  • Specimens that leak outside of specimen container into transport bags.


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 7 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days


Farmington Hills Cytology Laboratory.
Royal Oak Cytology Laboratory.


Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Results available within 24-36 hours of receipt in the Cytology Laboratory, if received Monday - Friday. The Cytology Laboratory is closed on weekends and holidays. Specimens received after 3:00 p.m. on Friday will be processed the following Monday and resulted on Tuesday.

Test Methodology

Smear preparation: Brush is smeared onto a slide in the Cytology Laboratory. If cellular material not visible Cytospin preparations are prepared.

CPT Code

CPT: 88104, 88108.
LOINC: 33716-2.

Test Codes


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