Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Muscle Biopsy

Test Name: Muscle Biopsy
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Pathology - UH
Specimen Type: Muscle, fresh and glutaraldehyde fixed
Collection Information: Biopsy kits available at Victoria Hospital in the Pathology Lab at x 52904, and at University Hospital in the Neuropathology Lab x 35717.

Muscle biopsy clamps required from SPD.

If sent from Victoria Hospital, specimen must be sent STAT on ice (Mondays Fridays only) and be received at University Hospital by 1500.

Two specimen samples required:
-fresh specimen for light microscopy
-glutaraldehyde fixed tissue for Electron Microscopy
Requisition:  SURGICAL PATHOLOGY REQUISITION or through PowerChart, order a Surgical Pathology Request and print requisition from there
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
5 days
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date:  
Revised Date: 2016-03-15
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments: Must be done between 0730 and 1500 Monday to Friday.

Outside this time period, prearrangements with the Neuropathology Lab at x35717 must be made to ensure technical availability.
Method of Analysis: Light microscopy
Electron microscopy
Enzyme histochemistry
Critical Information Required: Clinical history is crucial to an accurate diagnosis.
Storage & Shipment: Victoria Hospital - Send STAT on ice to Specimen Receiving
University Hospital call x35717 and a Technologist will pick up specimen
System Codes: 
Surgical Pathology Request
Referred To:  

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