Crystal Examination, Body Fluid

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Synovial Fluid Crystals;
Uric Acid Crystals Synovial Fluid;
Uric Acid Crystals (Fluid other than Synovial);

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
2 mL body fluid Na Heparrin (dark green top) tube - No Gel

Transport asap.  Do NOT send collection needle with specimen.

Transport Container
Sodium Heparin (dark green top) Tube

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
48 hours

Microscopic review with polarized light.

Setup Schedule
Monday - Saturday 8:00am to 4:00 pm

Report Available
1 day

Clinical Significance
To rule out pathologic crystals

Performing Laboratory
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: December 7, 2021

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.