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Frozen Sections, Histo/Path

Clinical System Name

Surgical Pathology Final Report


Frozen Tissue


Intraoperative frozen sections are used to guide surgery.  Tissue should be sent fresh immediately to the laboratory where it is assessed by a pathologist using gross visualization and microscopic review of touch preparations and/or cryosections to inform surgeon about margins, tissue adequacy or other specific and relevant inqueries.

Sample Requirements

Specimen:  Tissue

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

Preferred Vol:  n/a

Minimum Vol:  n/a


Note:  Attach pink frozen section sticker to requisition. Call Histo Lab (206) 987-2580.  Deliver specimens to the 8th floor lab CPA.  Notify CPA that it is a specimen for Frozen Section.  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 notify pathologist on-call (206) 987-2131 prior to obtaining tissue.

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 collectionNA


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



STAT Performed TAT
  M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. <20 minutes


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory  


Department:  Histology

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



CPT Codes

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


Surgical pathology requisition required.