Lab Test : Nerve Biopsy

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Includes:Special tests requested by physician for designated outside laboratory testing.
Department:Pathology, Histopathology Laboratory
Phone:(937) 641-3358 to schedule with the Pathology Dept. 24 hours in advance, call Pathology 15 minutes before bringing the specimen to the Histopathology Laboratory.
SQ Code:N/A
Available:Mon - Thu, first shift only
Turnaround:Two to four weeks
Specimen:Nerve Biopsy
Volume:If there is a choice, biopsy the sural nerve at the level of the lateral malleolus. Obtain a 2.0 cm long portion of the entire nerve or several fascicles.
Container:Place the specimen on saline-moistened Telfa® in a petri dish. Take the petri dish to the Histopathology Laboratory within 3 minutes.
Temperature:The specimen is processed as per protocol and is sent to the designated outside laboratory.
Rejection:Specimen submitted in fixative.
Normal:Diagnosis by pathologist.
Uses:To evaluate neurological disease.
Limitations:If there is a delay in receiving the specimen, the electron microscopy will show poor preservation of ultrastructures of the cells.

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