FROZEN SECTION (98331)
CPT4 Code: 88331, 88332
Test Includes: Gross and microscopic examination with diagnosis
Applies To: Tissue removed in surgery for STAT diagnosis
Lab: Surgical Pathology
Request Form: Request for Intra-Operative Consultation Form and Surgical Pathology Laboratory Tissue Consultation Requisition Form 86 and patient's medical chart
Collection: Surgical excision
Storage Instructions: Collect in a clean container labeled with the patient's first and last names, unit history number and specimen identification.
Causes for Rejection: Insufficient identification, incomplete forms, fixative added to sample, contaminated container.
Availability: Call extension 22855 when the frozen section sample is ready to be picked up by pathology personnel, or deliver to Surgical Pathology Laboratory, Room 2.186, John Sealy Annex, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Also available after hours, on weekends and holidays by on-call staff.
Turnaround Time: 20 minutes per sample
Specimen: Any tissue, except bone. Lymph node for metastatic disease or to identify tissue; but not for lymphoma diagnosis.
Container: Clean container of sufficient size to support the tissue.
How to Order: Submit specimen for frozen section with patient's medical chart and Request for Intra-Operative Consultation Form and completed Surgical Pathology Laboratory Tissue Consultation Requisition Form 86 to Surgical Pathology Laboratory, Room 2.186, John Sealy Annex.
Reviewed by Robert Stewart 6/22/12