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Renal Pathology Services is open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Call Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234
Renal Pathology Services offers expert renal biopsy interpretation and consultation to nephrologists and transplant surgeons. We utilize the most advanced technologies available including light microscopy (LM), electron microscopy (EM), and immunofluorescence (IF).
A written, preliminary diagnosis based on LM and IF is offered within 24hrs. Same-day processing is offered for transplant biopsies, prepared slides, and selected tissue samples.
Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234
Immediately place the renal tissue core, or open biopsy wedge in a secure container with physiologic saline solution or sterile culture media to prevent drying. Or, alternatively, wrap the specimen in saline-moistened non-stick dressing. Avoid compression and drying of the specimen.
If the specimen is divided prior to transportation, the proper fixative solutions for LM, IF, and EM must be available in your institution. A formalin-filled container for LM, Michel's medium for IF, and glutaraldyhyde for EM studies will be supplied upon request.
When dividing the specimen, each part must contain glomeruli!
If an open biopsy, or 3 or more tissue cores are obtained:
If 2 tissue cores are obtained:
If one tissue core is obtained and it is small, <8 mm:
If single core is >8 mm:
A surgical pathology Accession Sheet with adequate clinical history, differential diagnosis, and laboratory findings must accompany the specimens for their proper interpretation.
Please contact Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234 for assistance with the Accession Sheet and detailed information about transportation, specimen handling, separation prior to transportation and causes for rejection.
The Anatomic Pathology Receiving area is located at the MCV campus in the Gateway Building, 1200 E. Marshall Street, 6th floor.
Contact us for a clinical consultation
H. Davis Massey, DDS, MD, PhD
Chief of Pathology, VA Medical Center