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Histopathology specimen requirements

Histology specimens should be submitted in an appropriately sized leak-proof container containing standard tissue fixative (10% formalin).

NB: In cases where sebaceous carcinoma is suspected specimens should still be submitted in formalin.

Conjunctival biopsies for immunofluorescence should be placed directly into transport medium. It is extremely important these specimens are NOT placed in formalin as the technique cannot be carried out on fixed tissue.  The sample in transport medium should also be labelled with relevant patient identification details. Gel tubes are available from Adult Histopathology Specimen Reception 0161 276 8808.

Immunofluorescence is not available on high risk specimens.


(Last reviewed 30th May 2017)