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Test ID: TPRPS    
ThinPrep Screen, Varies

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

If ThinPrep Pap results are abnormal, a pathologist will review the case at an additional charge.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Advisory Information

1. Mayo Clinic Laboratories' clients need prior laboratory approval to order cytology testing.

2. If the patient has been previously diagnosed with an abnormal Pap result or is at high risk, consider ordering the diagnostic test TPRPD / ThinPrep Diagnostic.

3. Specimen submitted as endocervical curettage or endocervical brushing need to be ordered as CYTNG / Cytology Non-Gynecologic.

Necessary Information

1. An acceptable cytology request form must accompany specimen containers and include the following: patient's name, medical record number, date of birth, sex, source (exact location and procedure used), date specimen was taken, name of ordering physician and pager number.

2. Submit any pertinent history or clinical information.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient Preparation: For optimal interpretation, Pap smears should be collected near the middle of the menstrual cycle. Avoid douching, lubricant use, and sexual intercourse for 24 hours prior to specimen collection.

 

Only 1 aliquot may be removed from PreservCyt sample vial prior to performing the ThinPrep Pap test, regardless of the volume of the aliquot (maximum aliquot volume: 4 mL).

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Specimen Type: Cervical

Supplies: Thin Prep Media with Broom Kit (T056)

Collection Container/Tube: ThinPrep

Specimen Volume: 16 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Obtain adequate sampling from cervix using a broom-like collection device. If desired, use lukewarm to warm water and lubricate the speculum. Insert the central bristles of the broom into the endocervical canal deep enough to allow the shorter bristles to fully contact the ectocervix. Push gently, and rotate the broom in a clockwise direction 5 times.

2. Rinse the broom as quickly as possible into the PreservCyt solution vial by pushing broom into bottom of vial 10 times, forcing the bristles apart.

3. As a final step, swirl broom vigorously to further release material. Discard the collection device.

4. Tighten cap on vial so that the torque line on the cap passes the torque line on the vial.

5. Specimen vial must be labeled with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (patient's name and medical record number or date of birth).

 

Specimen Type: Ectocervix and endocervix

Supplies: Thin Prep Media with Spatula and Brush Kit (T434)

Collection Container/Tube: ThinPrep

Specimen Volume: 16 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Obtain an adequate sampling from the ectocervix using a plastic spatula. If desired, use lukewarm to warm water and lubricate the speculum. Select contoured end of plastic spatula and rotate it 360 degrees around the entire exocervix while maintaining tight contact with exocervical surface.

2. Rinse spatulas quickly as possible into the PreservCyt solution vial by swirling spatula vigorously in vial 10 times. Discard the spatula.

3. Next, obtain an adequate specimen from endocervix using an endocervical brush device. Insert the brush into the cervix until only the bottommost fibers are exposed. Slowly rotate one-quarter or one-half turn in one direction. Do not overrotate.

4. Rinse the brush as quickly as possible in the PreservCyt solution by rotating the device in the solution 10 times while pushing against the PreservCyt vial wall.

5. Swirl brush vigorously as final step to further release material. Discard the brush.

6. Tighten the cap so that the torque line on the cap passes the torque line on the vial.

7. Specimen vial must be labeled with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (patient's name and medical record number or date of birth).

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Forms

Gyn-Cytology Patient Information (T601) in Special Instructions

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

See Specimen Required

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

SurePath vial Reject

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesAmbient (preferred)42 daysTHIN PREP
 Refrigerated 42 daysTHIN PREP