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Test Code SP002 Dermatopathology Exam of Tissue

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory


Formalin-fixed tissues are processed and embedded in paraffin; serial sections are stained with hematoxylin and eosin, and examined by light microscopy. Special stains obtained when indicated.

Note: Also see #SP004 Immunofluorescence, Tissue.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Tissue from skin or mucosa

Container/Tube: Specimen container with 10% formalin

Specimen Volume: Adequate specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Place specimen in container with 10% formalin.

2. Label container with patient’s name, date of birth, Social Security number, date of collection, and type of specimen.

Additional Information: Biopsy site and clinical diagnosis are required.

Forms: Surgical Pathology Tissue Exam Request in Special Instructions

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Friday 0800 to 1700

Turnaround Time:
STAT: Rush biopsies are available same day if received in Surgical Pathology by 1100.

Routine: 2 to 5 working days

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Other CPT codes may apply, call Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory Customer Service at 314-362-1470.

Note: Professional charges may be applied.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Ambient/Refrigerate NO/Frozen NO