Test Directory

Gout

Synonym(s):

Gout crystals, Uric acid, Urate, Calcium pyrophosphate, Tophus, Crystals, Synovial, Synovial fluid, Pseudogout

Specimen Type:

Synovial fluid aspirate

Specimen Collection:

Aspirate synovial fluid from affected joint and submit recapped syringe without needle. Transport to laboratory ASAP. Label container with patient name and second identifier. Indicate specimen source. Alternative collection: Express synovial fluid into a sterile container or plain red top tube.

Required Information:

Complete the Incyte Diagnostics requisition with the patient's demographics and relevant clinical history. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, second unique identifier, and specimen source/site.

Unacceptable Specimen:

Specimens submitted in formalin

Department:

Cytology

Method:

Microscopy

Turnaround:

1–3 business days from receipt

CPT Code:*

89060 – Crystal Identification

Notes:

If culture desired, submit separate portion to clinical laboratory.

*The listed CPT codes are for reference use only. Final coding is based on CPT guidelines and individual circumstances.

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