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Pre-Transplant Donor Liver Biopsy, Histo/Path

Clinical System Name

Surgical Pathology Final Report


Donor Liver Bx, Pre-Transplant

Liver Bx, Donor

Liver Transplant, Donor Liver Bx

Back table bx


Needle core or wedge biopsy of donor liver is procured for frozen section intraoperative analysis to assess quality of tissue and acceptability for use in transplantation.  Occasionally surgeon encounters unexpected finding that requires intraoperative diagnosis.

Sample Requirements

Specimen:  Tissue

Container(s):  Saline-moistened telfa in sterile specimen container

Preferred Vol:  n/a

Minimum Vol:  n/a


Note:  Notify Histology (206) 987-2580 prior to collection.  Weekends/Evenings: page on-call pathologist (206) 987-2131.  Fresh tissue (no fixative) must be delivered immediately to 8th floor lab CPA or Histology (OC.8.901) and given to someone's personal charge; identify it as a fresh specimen for frozen section. 

Bacterial and viral cultures are obtained by OR team at the time of transplantation.


A completed surgical pathology request form including hospital number, name, date of birth, date of procedure, pre-op diagnosis, clinical history, ordering physician, and any other pertinent information must be submitted with the specimen. 


After 1700, deliver specimens to the 8th floor lab CPA. 

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: NA

Spin:  N

Aliquot:  N

Temp: RT

Note:  Notify Histology immediately when specimen arrives in Lab.  Contact on-call pathologist if Histology is unavailable.


Off-site collectionNone available.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Tissue Room temp 15 min
  Refrigerated 30 min
  Frozen N



STAT Performed TAT
Y M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1 day


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory  


Department:  Histology

Phone Number: (206) 987-2580; for results inquiries call (206) 987-2103.




Method: varies; OCT embedded frozen section, followed by routine formalin fixation with paraffin embedding and standard sectioning.

Analytical Volume:  n/a

CPT Codes

CPT codes will vary depending on tests performed.  Call Client Services for more information (206) 987-2617.


Surgical pathology requisition required.