Pathology tissue exam, placenta-12377

Test info

Pathology tissue exam, placenta
Gross & microscopic


Placental tissue specimen

1. After excision, place specimen into a container containing 10% neutral buffered formalin.

Note: The specimen should be placed immediately in 10% neutral buffered formalin unless a frozen specimen is needed or cytogenetics testing is requested.

2. Properly label specimen container and completely fill out the request form or answer all Excellian order questions.

Requisition Requirements:

Manual Request Forms (all) or Excellian Supplemental Form (FNA, Breast and Path Consult only)

  •   Label with two unique identifiers:  Patient’s full name and date of birth
  •   List the specimen source and anatomic site (i.e. Mole, Left forearm)
  •   Use A, B, C, etc. with multiple specimens from the same patient
  •   Excellian Sites: Order and collect the Path Tissue Exam test and complete all ask on order questions.

Specimen Container Requirements:

  • Label with two unique identifiers:  Patient’s full name and date of birth
  • Label the jar; not the lid
  •  Label each jar with the letter (A, B, C) and specimen source and anatomic  site to exactly match the description on the requisition
  • Verify that all information on the requisition exactly matches the specimen jar labeling to prevent a delay in specimen processing.

10% Neutral Buffered Formalin for routine exam

Formalin vial

If Cytogenetics testing is requested, the specimen must NOT be placed in formalin


Ambient - 24 hours (optimal), indefinite (acceptable)

  • Unlabeled specimen container
  • Leaking specimen container if label has been rendered unreadable
  • Specimen not in fixative
  • Slide broken beyond repair


AHL - Histology: A
Mo - Fr
24 - 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays

Microscopic evaluation

Clinical and Interpretive info


An interpretive report will be provided