Special Stains, Pathology

Abbrev Code:Surg Path Ex   
Order Code:LAB4613Order Name:Surgical Pathology Exam
Synonyms:Pathology, Special Stains; Stain Consult
CPT Codes: 88313-26 x1, 88312-26 x1, 88312 x1, 88313 x1
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 (CPT88313)  
Alcian-Blue Iron
Alcian-Blue/PAS Jones, basement membranes
Amyloid, Congo Red Melanin Pigment Bleach
Amyloid, Lieb's Crystal Violet Mucicarmine
Calcium, Von Kassa Oil Red O
Copper PAS
Dacie PAS with & without Diastase
Elastic Reticulin
Fontana Masson, argentaffin Toludine Blue, for Mast Cells
Organism Stains (CPT 88312)  
Acid Fast, Fite GMS pneumocystis
Acid Fast, Ziehl-Neelsen Gram
GMS Fungus PAS, fungus

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, West Bank  (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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