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Test ID: HMAX    
Histochemistry of Sent-In Muscle Specimen Maximum

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

Obtaining a rapid, expert opinion on unprocessed muscle specimens

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

In our consultative practice, we strive to bring the customer the highest quality of diagnostic neuromuscular pathology, aiming to utilize only those ancillary tests that support the diagnosis in a cost-effective manner, and to provide a rapid turnaround time for diagnostic results.

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.

An interpretive report will be provided.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Results are reported in a formal neuromuscular pathology report that includes an interpretive comment, if necessary. The formal pathology report is faxed or sent by mail according to the preference of the referring institution.

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

Poor freezing and improper handling of the muscle tissue may hinder the neuromuscular pathologist's interpretation of the biopsy. See Directions for Muscle Biopsy Specimen Preparation Sheet in Special Instructions. A shipping kit is available (Supply T541) and is recommended for collecting and shipping muscle specimens. It includes a container for the tissue, collection instructions, the Muscle Histochemistry Patient Information Sheet, and a box to ship the specimen.

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

Engel AG: The muscle biopsy. In Myology Third Edition. Edited by AG Engel, C Franzini-Armstrong. McGraw-Hill 2004, pp 681-690

Special Instructions and Forms Describes specimen collection and preparation information, test algorithms, and other information pertinent to test. Also includes pertinent information and consent forms to be used when requesting a particular test