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Breast Tissue

Requisition

REQ9032AP Anatomic Pathology Acute Care Requisition

Specimen Handling and Transport

If an Intra-Operative Consult (IOC) is required, submit the specimen fresh. For more information, see Intra-Operative Consult Request.

If an IOC is not required, submit the specimen in 10% Formalin (NBF) in an appropriate sized plastic container. There should be 10 times the volume of fixative to the volume of tissue and the fixative must cover the specimen.  Label the container according to CLS requirements. Containers must be securely tightened to eliminate leakage.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • In order to provide accurate results for ER/PR and Her2 testing, the devitalization time for the tissue and the time that the tissue was placed in formalin MUST be indicated on the requisition.
  • If the specimen is submitted fresh for an IOC, the laboratory will document the time the specimen was placed in formalin. 

Estrogen/Progesterone Receptors (ER/PR)

ER/PR in not available for ordering except through a CLS Pathologist. ER/PR is routinely performed on breast tissue identified by a Pathologist as malignant. Clinicians may contact the laboratory for further information.