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Obtaining a rapid, expert opinion on unprocessed muscle specimens
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.
An interpretive report will be provided.
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.
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.
Engel AG: The muscle biopsy. In Myology Third Edition. Edited by AG Engel, C Franzini-Armstrong. McGraw-Hill 2004, pp 681-690