Nerve Specimen Collection and Handling Tutorial Video

Nerve Pathology Specimen Submission Resources

  • Nerve pathology specimen submission forms
    (includes nerve pathology requisition, Clinical Information for Nerve Biopsies Form and Instructions for Preparing and Shipping Nerve Biopsies to UF Health Pathology Laboratories)

Before submitting a nerve biopsy for evaluation, call our Client Services Department at:
  • Toll-free: 888.375.LABS (5227)
  • Local: 352.265.9900

Our dedicated Electron Microscopy Department allows the University of Florida Health Pathology Laboratories to be a frontrunner in diagnostics. We actively contribute to advancements in the field of muscle and nerve pathology, and to the education of tomorrow's pathologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, and allied clinicians.

We practice a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of nerve disorders. In addition to our evaluation of conventional histology and electron microscopy, we routinely utilize a quantitative panel of specialized immunohistochemical, cytogenetic and molecular techniques to provide the highest quality diagnostics in this competitive and ever-changing field.

Nerve biopsies allow our neuropathologists to diagnose muscle and nerve disorders and actively support the neurology and rheumatology community at large by providing finely tuned, comprehensive diagnostics.

Our nerve kits are streamlined to provide a simplistic approach for our submitters, which in turn drop turn-around time and improve patient care.  A nerve specimen kit is comprised of a single formalin container.  

Also included are prepaid FedEx return envelopes and labels, which include a Saturday delivery sticker for the occasional Friday send-out.  A requisition will be folded and placed on top of the specimen container inside the kit.  Please be sure to follow the included instructions and completely fill out the forms provided.

The Submission requirements are as follows:

Place the nerve fragment into the provided formalin container, then seal inside the included biohazard bag.

When the kit is received in the laboratory, the specimen containers and associated documents are cross-checked to ensure that the materials are labeled with two unique patient identifiers such as a name, date of birth, medical record number, and site.  This is a requirement of the College of American Pathologists, the most stringent laboratory accreditation agency.  

If all of the appropriate criteria have been met, the specimen is accessioned and brought to the gross room to begin processing.

During the grossing process, a representative section is submitted and embedded in paraffin for Light Microscopy.  The remaining portion is post-fixed in glutaraldehyde and submitted to the Electron Microscopy department for processing.

If you have further questions, please contact our Client Services Department at the number below.  Thank you for choosing the University of Florida Health Pathology Laboratories, we look forward to serving your future pathology needs.

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