Specimen Collection

Biopsy Tissue Examination

Collection: Surgical excision, punch biopsy, curettage. Note: Muscle and nerve biopsies have different, specialized storage and submission requirements. Review instructions for specific test prior to biopsy procedure.

Storage: Submit biopsy in 10% neutral buffered formalin in a container labeled with:

  • Patients first and last names
  • Patient Medical Record number
  • Specimen identification

Refrigeration recommended

For microbiologic culture, submit biopsy in sterile container without preservative.