Cervical Conization/Wide Skin Excision Jars – Farmington Hills Only
Please contact the Farmington Hills Anatomic Pathology Laboratory if assistance with ordering is needed.
The following supplies are needed for this testing procedure.
- Wide mouth plastic jars with tight sealing lids filled with several inches of molten paraffin.
- Straight pins with colored heads.
- 10% Zinc Formalin.
Please contact the Laboratory to obtain supplies, if needed.
Specimen Collection Criteria
Collect: Tissue specimen in an appropriate container, covered with 10% zinc formalin, as described below:
- Place the specimen upon the paraffin surface and secure into the wax with the straight pins.
- By using several pin colors, the specimen can be oriented. For example: 2 red pins can secure the endocervical border and 2 blue pins can secure the ectocervical border of the conization specimen.
- Fill the jar with 10% Zinc Buffered Formalin, 10 to 20 times the volume of the specimen.
- Affix a label on the outer surface of the jar rather than the lid.
- The label must have the patient name, medical record number or social security number, date, and specimen site.
- Complete the Pathology Requisition Form. Indicate specimen orientation by describing colored pin locations.
- Transport the specimen to the Laboratory.
Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation
Place the specimen in a sealed plastic transport envelope. Maintain specimen at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F).
Preparation for Courier Transport
Transport: Specimen prepared as described above, at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F).
- Inadequate or improper fixative.
- Specimen Containers leaking zinc formalin.
- Specimens with contamination (i.e. blood, body fluid) on the outside of the container.
- Specimens with an Improper or incomplete Pathology Requisition Form.
Specimen Stability for Testing:
Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): Indefinite
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): Indefinite
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Indefinite
Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 2 weeks after sign-off.
Farmington Hills Anatomic Pathology Laboratory.
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Results available within 24-48 hours unless special study is required.
Routine processing. Hematoxylin and Eosin stained slides; special staining procedures as needed.
Diagnosis performed by a board certified pathologist.
Varies dependent on testing performed. Please contact the Laboratory with questions.
Microtainer® and Vacutainer® are registered trademarks of Becton, Dickinson and Company.
UroVysion® is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories. ThinPrep® is a registered trademark of Hologic, Incorporated.
This directory currently reflects information only for specimens collected and/or processed at the Farmington Hills,
Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Troy campuses.