Oral Pathology

CPT Code(s):

  • 88302, 88304, 88305, 88307 or 88309, depending on the case complexity
  • 88312 and 88313 if special stains are used
  • 88342 if immunoperoxidase stains are required

Specimen Requirements:

Tissue must be fixed in 10% neutral-buffered formalin or zinc formalin.

If immunobullous disease is suspected, submit half of the tissue in Michel’s fixative for a direct immunofluorescence study. See Immunofluorescence: Direct, Skin in this directory for specimen collection instructions and requirements.

For an oral pathology kit (#0096 without Michel’s fixative or #0096-A with Michel’s fixative) and more information, contact the UF Health Pathology Laboratories Client Services Department at 888.375.LABS (5227).

Storage/Transport Temperature: If requesting a DIF, only use Michel’s fixative. Submit specimens according to Biological Substance, Category B, shipping guidelines.

Unacceptable Conditions:
  • Frozen specimens
  • Specimens in inappropriate fixative
Stability (collection to initiation of testing):
  • Ambient: Indefinitely
  • Refrigerated: Indefinitely


Microscopic exam


1 – 3 days