Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Surgical Pathology Specimens, Biopsies and Resections

Test Name: Surgical Pathology Specimens, Biopsies and Resections
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Pathology
Specimen Type: Tissue
Collection Information: Submit in 10% buffered formalin. It is essential that tissue be place in formalin ASAP after removal and at least within 1 hour of removal.
Specimens should be placed in a suitable sized container that does not cause compression.
-Biopsies, currettings: 30ml to 120ml
-Small resections ( gallbladder, appendices): 500ml to 2L
-Larger resections: > 2L

Formalin volume should allow for complete immersion of the specimen. Optimal ratio is at least 1:10.
Specimen label ( indicating the procurement site) should be placed on the body of the container.
Lids must be on tight to prevent formalin vapours and spills.
Requisition: PowerChart: E-order choosing appropriate specimen. See Identification of Clinical Specimens.
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
Biopsies: 5-7 days;Larger resections: 7-14 days depending on complexity
See Rush Requests for Surgical Pathology Specimens
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date:  
Revised Date: 2019-04-26
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing: See - Intraoperative consult, lymphoma prep, EM
Comments: Biopsy and curretting specimens may be placed on telfa pads and NOT gauze.
Method of Analysis: Light microscopy
Critical Information Required: Relevant clinical history. Specific clinical question.
Storage & Shipment: Shipping and Handling of Routine Surgical Pathology Specimens
System Codes: 
Surgical Pathology Request
Referred To:  

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