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Test ID: PNPC    
Peripheral Nerve Pathology Consultation

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Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Specimen Type: Nerve biopsy tissue, slides, or block

Collection Instructions: Prepare and transport specimen per instructions in Nerve Biopsy Specimen Preparation Instruction Sheet in Special Instructions. A Nerve Biopsy Kit (Supply T457: fees apply) containing fixatives and buffer is available at an additional fee. For ordering information, call 507-284-8065.

Additional Information:

1. Tentative clinical diagnosis

2. Name of nerve biopsied

3. Date of biopsy

4. Indication for nerve biopsy

5. Biopsies from same site will be processed as 1 specimen.

6. Biopsies from different sites require separate orders and separate specimen vials.


--3 segments (vials) of left sural nerve are processed as 1 specimen, 1 order number.

--1 left sural nerve and 1 left superficial peroneal nerve requires 2 separate orders.


1. Nerve Biopsy Information Sheet (Supply T458) in Special Instructions

2. If not ordering electronically, submit a Pathology/Cytology Request Form (Supply T246) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.


Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected










Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime