Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Heart Biopsy

Test Name: Heart Biopsy
Alternate Name(s): Endomyocardial biopsy
Laboratory: Pathology - UH
Specimen Type: Heart muscle for diagnosis or post-transplant. Fresh or in saline.
Collection Information: Do not add formalin
Add a small amount of saline-do not let the tissue dry out.

Prior notification required.
Specimens must be received by 1200 hrs for Rapid reporting.

Victoria Hospital

Monday to Friday from 0800-1600. Call ext: 52904
Take specimen to Pathology Satellite Lab RM D2-700

University Hospital
Monday to Friday from 0800-1600
Call ext : 35719
Requisition: PowerChart: E-order choosing appropriate specimen. See Identification of Clinical Specimens
Test Schedule: Weekdays
Testing not available after hours or weekends
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
See Interpretive Comments
Reference Range:  
Effective Date: 2011-07-21
Revised Date: 2018-01-23
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Refer to “ Rush Requests for Surgical Pathology Specimens”
Special Processing:  
Method of Analysis: Examination and analysis
Critical Information Required: Clinical history is crucial to an accurate diagnosis. It is important to indicate if it is a heart transplant biopsy or a "diagnostic" heart biopsy.
Storage & Shipment: Send STAT to Pathology Lab. See above for specific site instructions.
System Codes: 
Surgical Pathology Request
Referred To:  

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