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Lung Biopsy, Histo/Path

Important Note

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

Clinical System Name

Surgical Pathology Final Report


Lung tissue is procured from the native or allograft lung to assess etiology of altered function or radiographic findings. Routine processing and histopathology is always performed with addition of EM, culture, etc. as necessitated by clinical setting and histopathologic findings.

Sample Requirements

Specimen:  Tissue

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

Minimum Vol:  n/a


Note:  FRESH (no fixative) lung tissue 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 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 (206) 987-2131 if Histology is unavailable. 


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


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Tissue Room temp 10 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; possible addition of special stains, electron microscopic send out, etc.

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.