Peripheral nerve biopsy

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:

88307

TEST INFORMATION:

Test includes routine morphologic diagnosis.  Special tests as requested by physician.

DAYS PERFORMED:

Mon-Fri 0800-1400

TURNAROUND TIME:

48 hours to 7 days

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

All biopsies must be scheduled 24 hours in advance with specialty pathologist.  Pertinent clinical history and laboratory data must accompany specimens, as well as specific muscle site biopsied.  Outside institutions should contact Client Service Representative (312-942-7958) for submission and transport protocol.

CONTAINER TYPE:

Sterile specimen container

COLLECTION:

Routine histology and electron microscopy (including teased nerve fiber preparation):  Submit specimen fresh in saline-moistened gauze.  Deliver to Laboratory Receiving Station, Rm 508 Jelke, immediately after tissue is removed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Routine microscopic evaluation is usually sufficient to diagnose or rule out inflammatory processes.  Electron microscopy is necessary for evaluation for most neuropathic processes.  Teased nerve fiber examination is necessary to identify primary demyelinating diseases.