Laboratory: Pathology
Test Name:
Test Code: SURG
Clinical Information:
Contact orginating site’s Pathology Lab for specific instructions regarding collection and shipping.
Lab staff to contact HSC NEUROPATHOLOGY LAB (1-204-787-4615), before procedure is performed.  (Weekdays:  0800 - 1500 hrs only).
Optimally, muscle biopsy tissue should be frozen under strictly controlled conditions at the Neuropathology Lab within 30 minutes of attaining it.  Proper freezing of skeletal muscle biopsy for enzyme histochemistry interpretation is a necessity and has to be the first priority.
Do not attempt to freeze the muscle yourself.
Outside Institutions:
Transport the biopsy to HSC, in a fresh state, wrapped in saline moistened gauze, with an ice pack, within 1 hour if within city limits and will only be accepted within 12 hours maximum if outside the city, using our transportation kit.
If metabolic disorders are suspected, it is strongly advised that the patient be sent to HSC for the procedure.
Enzymes are very labile; therefore, short transportation time is better.
A detailed patient history, including drug and family history, must accompany all specimens.

Internal additional information (DSM SOP #):  170-10-13, 170-10-18
Collection Devices:
Specimen Required: Muscle tissue, 3 pieces, each measuring 1.0 x 0.3 x 0.2 cm minimum
Reference Values:
A descriptive report will be issued.
See Also:
More Information:
All specimens must be properly labeled with appropriate patient identification.  All specimens must be accompanied by a completed Pathology requisition.  Pertinent information including patient demographics, clinical history, physician’s name and specimen type is required as per DSM Specimen Acceptance Policy 10-50-03.