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Interpretive Handbook

Test 5361 :
Cardiovascular or Cardiopulmonary Consultation, Autopsy

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Difficult cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary abnormalities, including congenital anomalies, sometimes require the assistance of a cardiac pathologist. This evaluation is offered to provide the careful dissection and diagnostic experience that may be needed for unusual or rare cardiovascular or cardiopulmonary cases.

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Evaluation of congenital heart disease


Evaluation of pulmonary hypertension


Evaluation of complex ischemic or valvular heart disease


Evaluation of cardiomyopathies


Evaluation of sudden unexplained death


Not for cases under litigation

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

This request will be processed as a consultation. Appropriate stain(s) will be performed and a diagnostic interpretation provided.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Specimens should be completely fixed in formalin for several days prior to shipping.


It is best if specimen is not dissected prior to shipment.


Cases under litigation will not be accepted.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

Abnormalities will be compared to reported reference values.

Clinical References Provides recommendations for further in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Edwards WD: Congenital heart disease. In Anderson's Pathology. Edited by J Linder, I Damjanov. St. Louis, MO, Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1996, pp 1339-1396

2. Edwards WD: Pathology of myocardial infarction and reperfusion. In Acute Myocardial Infarction. Edited by BJ Gersh, S Rahimtoola. New York, Chapman and Hall, 1997, pp 16-50

3. Edwards WD: Cardiomyopathies. Major Prob Path 1991;23:257-309

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