TEST CATALOG ORDERING & RESULTS SPECIMEN HANDLING CUSTOMER SERVICE EDUCATION & INSIGHTS
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Test ID: ANPAT    
Anatomic Pathology Consultation, Wet Tissue

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Obtaining a rapid, expert opinion on unprocessed specimens referred by the pathologist

 

This test is not useful for suspected hematologic disorders

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

An interpretation will be provided by Mayo staff pathologists within a formal pathology report that is sent to the referring pathologist.

 

This test should be used when submitting lung tissue for immunofluorescence, cardiac biopsies, enucleated eye specimens, iris, conjunctiva, cornea and other small eye biopsies for Mayo pathology consultation/interpretation.

 

Appropriate stains and other ancillary testing may be performed and charged separately.

 

This test is not intended for suspected hematologic disorders.

 

Note: Tests requested by the referring physician (eg, immunostains, molecular studies, etc.) may not be performed if they are deemed to be unnecessary by the reviewing Mayo Clinic pathologist. For all pathology consultations, ancillary testing is ordered at the discretion of the Mayo pathologist.

 

See Pathology Consultation Ordering Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Mayo Clinic Rochester is staffed by pathologists whose expertise and special interests cover the entirety of Pathology, from surgical pathology with all of its respective subspecialty areas, to Hematopathology, Renal Pathology, and Dermatopathology.

 

Consultation services are provided for difficult diagnostic problems. Consultation cases may be sent by a referring pathologist and directed to one of the pathologists who is an expert in the given area or directed more broadly to the subspecialty group. Cases are frequently shared and sometimes transferred between the pathologists, as deemed appropriate for the type of case or diagnostic problem encountered. Emphasis is placed on prompt and accurate results. Materials received are reviewed in conjunction with the clinical history provided, laboratory findings, radiographic findings (if applicable), and sending pathologist's report or letter. If additional special stains or studies are needed, the results are included in the final interpretive report. In some cases, electron microscopy and other special procedures are utilized as required.

 

A variety of ancillary studies are available (eg, cytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, cytogenetics, and molecular genetics) to aid in establishing a diagnosis. These ancillary studies are often expensive and labor intensive, and are most efficiently utilized and interpreted in the context of the morphologic features. The goal is to provide the highest possible level of diagnostic consultative service, while trying to balance optimal patient care with a cost-conscious approach to solving difficult diagnostic problems.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

The laboratory will provide a pathology consultation.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Results of the consultation are reported in a formal pathology report, which includes a description of ancillary test results (if applicable) and an interpretive comment. When the case is completed, results may be communicated by a phone call.

 

The formal pathology report is faxed.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test