University of Colorado Dermatopathology Consultants

SPECIMEN COLLECTION INFORMATION

Requisition Forms

• Dermatopathology surgical requisition forms for CU Dermatopathology Consultants can be downloaded and printed as hard copies or as electronic versions on the Client Services page.

Labeling, Packaging and Handling

• Specimens should be placed in a sealed specimen bottle that has a label. The label must contain the patient’s name, site and date of collection. Formalin warning labels are required.
• If critical patient or specimen information is missing, the case will be returned to the submitting office.
• Specimen bottles and specimen bags can be obtained by either calling our office (303-344-1290) or online from our Client Services page.
• Place biopsy bottle in biohazard bag and put requisition in separate pocket for each patient.

Appropriate Specimens

• Appropriate specimens include formalin fixed skin or mucosal biopsies only.
• Specimens may be formalin fixed shave, punch, incisional or excisional biopsies.
• Large specimens may require larger specimen collection bottles. A 20:1 ratio of formalin to tissue is recommended.
• Multiple biopsies from different sites (inflammatory skin conditions may be an exception) must be placed in separate containers.
• Submitting health care providers should include pertinent clinical information and pre- and/or postoperative diagnosis or differential diagnosis.
• Clearly print or type any special instructions (e.g., process for alopecia, PAS for fungus, etc.)