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Histopathology/ Tissue Specimens

Breast Pathology, Urologic Pathology, Gastro Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology

Test Code

Breast Surgical 1030, Gynecologic Surgical 8000, Urological Surgical 6000, Gastrointestinal Surgical 7000, Surgical Pathology 5000

CPT Code

Fee for service will vary, depending on the number of specimens submitted and complexity of the specimen and diagnosis:

88300, Level I
88302, Level II
88304, Level III

88305, Level IV
88307, Level V
88309, Level VI

Additional testing may be ordered at the discretion of the pathologist as follows: 88311, decalcification; 88312 or 88313, special stains and/or 88341, 88342, 88344 IHC (immunohistochemistry stains); 88331, Frozen Section (Lubbock Only). These services will be performed at an additional charge.

Transport Temperature and Stability

Routine tissues:

Room temperature indefinitely

Frozen Section specimen:

Call Avero Lubbock at 806-687-7284 for immediate pick-up

Rejection Criteria

Specimens collected using alternative methods may not be rejected but may include a disclaimer on the final report.

Transport Container / Specimen

Routine Histopathology Specimens:

10% Neutral buffered formalin-fixed tissue

Frozen Section Specimen:

Send fresh tissue immediately in a container without fixative

Turn Around Time

Routine tissues:

24 - 48 hours

Frozen Section specimen:

Depending on tissue type and arrival in lab, a TAT of 20 minutes can be expected


  1. Collect biopsy(ies) with care. Avoid crushing the specimen with forceps or other instruments.
  2. a. Routine tissues- place tissue in 10% neutral buffered formalin within one hour of excision.
    b. Frozen Section specimen- place tissue in a container without fixative.
  3. Notate on requisition the time of tissue collection and cold ischemic time.
  4. Label specimen container with two patient identifiers.

Test Setup

Monday - Friday (days)


Macroscopic and microscopic evaluation performed

Download the requisitions.