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Liver Biopsy, Histo/Path

Important Note

To obtain weekend or holiday results, special arrangements must be made with Pathologist on call, 12-24 hours in advance.  Weekend biopsies should be discussed beforehand with pathologist on call. 

Clinical System Name

Surgical Pathology Final Report


Liver Bx

Transplant liver biopsy

Liver biopsy, transplant

Post-transplant liver biopsy

Transplant liver bx


Needle core or wedge biopsy of liver is procured from native or allograft liver to assess etiology of altered function. Routine processing and histopathology is always performed with addition of EM, culture, mineral quantitation, etc. as necessitated by clinical setting.

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.  Specific handling instructions may be obtained from Histology at (206) 987-2580.


A completed Pathology request form including hospital number, name, date, pre-op diagnosis, clinical history, surgeon and any other pertinent information must be submitted with the specimen. Clinical history is crucial in determining proper handling of the specimen.  For same-day results, liver biopsy must be in the Lab by 0900 and approval must be obtained by pathologist on-call.


After 1700, deliver specimens to the 8th floor lab CPA; notify CPA that it is a fresh specimen. 

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 collection:  Availabiity and specific handling instructions must be obtained from Histology at (206) 987-2580.


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



STAT Performed TAT
  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; 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.