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Specimen Requirements:

Special Instructions:

1. Submit FRESH only, absolutely no fixative or saline.

2. Patient's chart is required.

3. Contact Surgical Pathology when frozen section is pending and/or specimen requires opening.

4. Surgical Pathology fellow/resident is available for intra-operative consultation.

Test Included:

Tissue removed in surgery for STAT diagnosis.  Gross and microscopic examination with diagnosis.


Surgical excision.


Clean container of sufficient size to support the tissue.


Specimen must be ordered through EPIC/Beaker as a frozen section specimen.  The specimen is collected in a clean container labeled with the patient's first and last names, unit history number and specimen identification. 

Specimen Preparation:

Any tissue, except bone.  Lymph node for metastatic disease or to identify tissue, but not for lymphoma diagnosis.

Causes for Rejection:

Order not submitted in Beaker, insufficient identification, incomplete information, fixative added to sample, contaminated container.

Reference Range:
Turnaround Time:

20 minutes per sample.


Availability:  Call Surgical Pathology 409-772-2855 when the frozen section sample is ready to be picked up or deliver to 2.186 John Sealy Annex, Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  After hours, weekends and holidays must page the on-call staff.


Frozen, FS, Intraoperative consultation.

CPT 4 Code:

88331, 88332


Submit specimen for frozen section through the EPIC/Beaker system.

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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