TISSUE EXAMINATION ()
: Surgical Pathology
: Biopsy, Tissue Biopsy, Pathology Tissue, Punch Biopsy, Core Biopsy
: Gross Description and Diagnosis
: 88300-88309 Also possible 88311-88313 88342
: Histological preparation and microscopic interpretation. Special stains or procedures may be required at request of Pathologist that will be billed in addition to the consult.
: Submit in 10 % neutral buffered formalin. Exceptions: Imunofluorescence submit in Michele's Fixative Lymph Nodes submit in saline. EM submit in gluteraldehyde
: Fixative volume at least 10X that of specimen
: Room temperature
: Fix tissue immediately. Once fixed specimen is stable indefinitely. Protect against leakage. Note: Breast biopsies must fix in 10 % formalin a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 48 hours for HER2 and 72 hours for ER/PR. Shorter or longer fixation m
Reasons for Rejection
: Incorrect or incomplete patient identification. Label both the test requisition and container with 2 patient identifiers.
: Monday - Friday
: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
: 2 working days from accession date if not complex. May be longer if complex.
: Significant or unusual findings are communicated.
: Complete VPLS Test Requisition. Formalin is hazardous and should be handled with care as to not leak. Seal containers completely and submit in specimen bag. Submit completed requisition in pocket of bag or a second bag placed in specimen bag. Include pertinent clinical data and billing information on the test requisition
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