​Anatomical Pathology
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Lab procedures and information specific to Anatomical Pathology

The Anatomical Pathology department provides Intraoperative Consultation, Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology and Autopsy Pathology service and consultation.

Surgical pathology

Surgical Pathology provides pathologic interpretation of tissue specimens from surgery or biopsy procedures.

The information on the Anatomical Patholgy Consultation Request must exactly match the information on the specimen container label.

Specimen collection

Many surgical and cytology samples undergo specialized testing such as immunohistochemistry staining, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), cytogenetic and molecular studies:

  • for definitive diagnosis and classification of tumors
  • to determine prognostic factors
  • to guide proper disease management.

The accuracy of these tests is very sensitive to ischemia time (time the sample is removed from the vascular supply to the time it is fixed in formalin) and fixative variables.  Samples must be promptly placed into the proper type and volume of fixative for the sample type in order to achieve optimal test results.  Improper sample handling can significantly affect the patient’s diagnosis and prognosis.

Use the proper collection containers for Anatomical Pathology samples.

Refer to these instructions for:

Intraoperative consultation

Review the intraoperative consultation specimen requirements, handling and reports guidelines.

Autopsy pathology

The pathology of post mortem organs and tissues is essential for quality management in medical care. Post mortems are performed at specific sites within IH.  Contact your local Anatomic Pathology department for more information.

Please refer to the Autopsy Request Process for further information.

Learn more about clinical and coroner's autopsy.


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