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Muscle and Nerve Biopsies

Muscle Biopsy

Prior notification

Elective cases should be booked with the lab with as much notice as possible. The cases can be booked by contacting the neuropathology laboratory via 0141 354 9530 (89530) or through page 17627 or the appropriate consultant.

If there is a danger of infection, these cases must be discussed with medical staff before biopsy as the range of investigations which may be performed with these specimens is limited.

Fresh muscle specimens will only be accepted in Neuropathology between  9.00am up to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

ANY SPECIMEN ARRIVING OUTSIDE THESE HOURS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED APPROPRIATELY

Specimens must be placed in a dry, clean universal container. No saline, gauze or formalin should be in the container. The muscle should be dropped into the container and the lid screwed on. The specimen should be transported immediately to Neuropathology.

If there is to be a delay of any longer than 20 minutes it is advisable that the universal container (not the muscle directly) should be transported on ice (NOT DRY ICE). If transported in this manner, the specimen container should be well insulated to prevent direct contact with the ice and potential damage to the muscle biopsy.

All containers should be clearly labelled with patient name, date of birth, CHI number, ward number and consultant. Universal containers must be placed in a specimen bag accompanied by a request card and muscle biopsy request form. This form also contains detailed handling instructions and our full delivery address.

High-risk cases must carry appropriate hazard labels.

Universal containers must be placed in a specimen bag accompanied by a request card and muscle biopsy request form.

 

Accompanying Information

A muscle biopsy request form and the completed request form must carry the consultant’s name, ward number, patient name, CHI number, address with post-code, date of birth, date of operation, relevant concise clinical data and the nature of the laboratory request. Muscle Biopsy request forms are linked here or available from the Pathology Lab. Tel. 0141 354 9530 (89530)  

     

Point of delivery

Contact Neuropathology on 0141 354 9530 (89530) or page 7627 who will advise on delivery of specimen.

Neuropathology, Pathology Department

Level 3, Laboratories & Facilities Management Building

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Glasgow

G51 4TF

Contact: 0141 354 9530 (89530)

 

 

Further details for the submission of muscle biopsies can be found on the muscle biopsy request form 

 


Nerve Biopsy

COVID-19

During this time, for any nerve biopsy samples unfixed/for frozen section to be accepted into the department a negative COVID-19 test from the patient within 72 hours prior to the sample being taken is required.

 

Prior notification

Elective cases that require a frozen section should be booked with the lab with as much notice as possible. Any nerves for neuropathology which do not require a frozen section should be sent in formalin.

 

Nerve biopsies which require frozen section must be booked in advance (more than 24 hours) by calling 0141 354 9530 (89530) or through page 17627 or the appropriate consultant. The cases can be booked by contacting the neuropathology secretaries via 0141 354 9486 (89486) or through page 17627 or the appropriate consultant.

 

If there is danger of infection, these cases must be discussed with medical staff before biopsy.

 

A service to receive unfixed nerve specimens can be offered until 4.00pm, Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays). Specimens must be placed in a dry, clean universal container. No saline, gauze or formalin should be in the container. (The nerve should be dropped into the container and the lid screwed on). The specimen should be transported immediately to neuropathology.

 

Please contact Neuropathology 0141 354 9530 (89530) to alert the team that a fresh specimen is on its way so that they can prepare for its arrival

 

High-risk cases must carry appropriate hazard labels.

 

Universal containers must be placed in a specimen bag accompanied by a request form.

All containers should be clearly labelled with patient name, date of birth, CHI number, ward number and consultant. Universal containers must be placed in a specimen bag accompanied by a request card.

 

Accompanying Information

Completed request forms must carry the consultant’s name, ward number, patient name, CHI number, address with post-code, date of birth, date of operation, relevant concise clinical data and the nature of the laboratory request.

 

Point of delivery

Neuropathology, Pathology Department

Level 3, Laboratories & Facilities Management Building

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Glasgow

G51 4TF

Contact: 0141 354 9530 (89530)

 

The specimen must be handed to a member of Laboratory staff on delivery.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 17 March 2021