Lymphoma Workup Surgical Pathology, Tissue

Abbrev Code:Surg Path Ex   
Order Code:LAB4613Order Name:Surgical Pathology Exam
Order Instructions:Tissue samples usually require Surgical Pathology Exam (LAB4613). See test code for further information.
Synonyms:Tissue Pathology; Surgical Pathology; Biopsy; Gross and Microscopic Pathology; Surgical Path Exam
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri; 800-1600.
Special Instructions:Same day Rush processing when specimen is received in laboratory by 1200. On weekends and holidays, contact fellow-resident on call through the hospital page operator (Search: Fellow Hematopathology Laboratory Medicine). Routine results are reported within 1-2 days; tissues requiring special stains and other procedures may take longer. Provide clinical history, surgical findings and exact location, duration and description of each lesion submitted on request form.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Fresh tissue
Optimal Volume:Entire intact specimen.
Minimum\Peds Volume:See Collection Instructions.
Container:Container, Tissue, sterile
Collection Instructions:Promptly place collected tissue in a sterile container. Do no use formalin. Do not freeze.

Specimens collected in the Operating Room:
  • Deliver organ or tissue specimens removed during surgery intact and unsectioned to Surgical Pathology Laboratory.
  • When a culture must be taken from a specimen, it should be performed in the Operating Room where a sterile field exists before delivering the specimen to laboratory.
  • Any large specimen that must be transported in a basin should be covered with a biohazard plastic bag.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Deliver to the Surgical Pathology Lab.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Anatomic Pathology, West Bank  (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:By report.
Use:Typically this is done for a patient with a history of lymphoma or for a patient with an enlarged lymph node undergoing a resection of a lymph node. In some instances, a patient may be in surgery for a mass where lymphoma is not a diagnostic consideration, but intraoperative consultation/frozen section indicates a lymphoma workup is needed.

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