Special Stains, Pathology

Sunquest Code:SRGPTHCoPath Code:PATH
Epic Code:LAB4613Epic Name:Pathology Exam
Sunquest Code (non-Epic sites):COPATH  
Synonyms:Pathology, Special Stains; Stain Consult
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri; results reported on completion; limited consult interpretation reported within 24 hours.
Special Instructions:

Services offered:

·        Special staining without report. Stained slides returned by courier.

·        Special staining and interpretation only with written report of positive or negative result. Provided by UMMC surgical pathologists.


Provide specimen source and type of fixation. For limited consult, provide pertinent clinical information.


The stains offered are subject to change without notice:


Non-Organism Stains (CPT 88313)





Jones, basement membranes

Amyloid, Congo Red

Melanin Pigment Bleach

Amyloid, Lieb’s Crystal Violet


Calcium, Von Kossa

Oil Red O

Colloidal Iron


Colloidal Iron with Hyaluronidase

PAS with & without Diastase




Toluidine Blue, for Mast Cells



Fontana Masson, argentaffin






Organism Stains (CPT 88312)


Acid Fast, Fite

GMS, pneumocystis

Acid Fast. Ziehl-Neelsen



PAS, fungus

GMS, fungus

Spirochetes, Warthin-Starry



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Paraffin block preferred; alcohol fixed cytology slides or tissue sections mounted on silane slides accepted.
Container:See Collection Instructions
Collection Instructions:For Oil Red O stain, submit fresh tissue in RPMI media or fresh frozen tissue section mounted on silane slides.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store paraffin block or fixed slides at room temperature. Store fresh tissue in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship paraffin block or fixed slides at room temperature. Ship fresh tissue at refrigerated temperature to arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Anatomic Pathology, UMMC/UMCH West Bank  (Fairview Southdale - FSH, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank)


Reference Range:Limited consult provided by pathologist.
Use:Selectively used in the evaluation and differentiation of various pathologic processes including neoplasms and infections.

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