Test Catalog

Test ID: SUDC    
Sudden Cardiac Death Pathology Consultation

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 Medical Examiner.


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

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

SUDC Study Specimen

Ordering Guidance

This test is only orderable for the Sudden Cardiac Death Pathology Evaluation study.

Necessary Information

1. Patient date of birth and date of death are required. All specimens must be labeled with specimen type.

2. The referring pathologist's or medical examiner's name and phone number are required.

3. All specimens, patient history, and requests should be clearly labeled with correct patient identifiers.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Specimen Type: Heart


Pathology Packaging Kit (T554)

Refrigerate/Ambient Shipping Box, 5 lb (T329)

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Fix entire specimen in formalin for a minimum of 24 hours.

2. Following fixation, lightly wrap specimen in formalin-soaked paper towel, place in a leak-proof sealable bag with a small amount of formalin, seal, and ship ambient in a sturdy shipping container.

Additional Information: Paraffin block may be accepted.


Specimen Type: Blood

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 10 mL

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

See Specimen Required

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

No specimen should be rejected.

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
SUDC Study SpecimenAmbient (preferred)