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Obtaining a rapid, expert opinion on unprocessed specimens referred by the pathologist
An interpretation will be provided by Mayo staff pathologists within a formal pathology report which is sent to the referring pathologist.
-This test should be used when submitting lung tissue for immunofluorescence, cardiac biopsies, enucleated eye specimens, iris, conjunctiva, cornea and other small eye biopsies for Mayo pathology consultation/interpretation.
-Appropriate stains and other ancillary testing may be performed and charged separately.
-If requesting a pathology consultation on paraffin embedded tissue and slides only (ie, no wet tissue being sent to be processed), order 70012 / Pathology Consultation instead.
Note: Tests requested by the referring physician (eg, immunostains, molecular studies, etc.) may not be performed if they are deemed to be unnecessary by the reviewing Mayo Clinic pathologist. For all pathology consultations, ancillary testing is ordered at the discretion of the Mayo pathologist.
Mayo Clinic Rochester is staffed by pathologists whose expertise and special interests cover the entirety of pathologyâ€“from surgical pathology with all of its respective subspecialty areas, to Hematopathology, Renal Pathology, and Dermatopathology.
We provide consultation services on difficult diagnostic problems. Consultation cases may be sent by a referring pathologist and directed to one of the pathologists who is an expert in the given area or directed more broadly to the subspecialty group. Cases are frequently shared and sometimes transferred between the pathologists, as deemed appropriate for the type of case/diagnostic problem encountered. Emphasis is placed on prompt and accurate results. Stained slides and paraffin blocks received are reviewed in conjunction with the clinical history provided, laboratory findings, radiographic findings (if applicable), and sending pathologist's report/letter. If additional special stains/studies are needed, the results are included in the final interpretive report. In some cases, electron microscopy and other special procedures are utilized as required.
A variety of ancillary studies are available (eg, cytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, cytogenetics, and molecular genetics) to aid in establishing a diagnosis. These ancillary studies are often expensive and labor intensive, and are most efficiently utilized and interpreted in the context of the morphologic features. It is our goal to provide the highest possible level of diagnostic consultative service, while trying to balance optimal patient care with a cost-conscious approach to solving difficult diagnostic problems.
Results of the consultation are reported in a formal pathology report which includes a description of ancillary test results (if applicable) and an interpretive comment. When the case is completed, results may be communicated by a phone call.
The formal pathology report is faxed.
In our consultative practice, we strive to bring the customer the highest quality of diagnostic pathology, in all areas of expertise, 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.
The referring pathologist's name and phone number are essential.