Lab Test

Amputated Limbs – Farmington Hills Only

Test Codes

Please contact the Farmington Hills Anatomic Pathology Laboratory if assistance with ordering is needed.


  • This test is for the routine processing of the amputated limbs that are too large to go into the largest surgical container. Therefore,the tissue will remain fresh and refrigerated throughout processing.

  • The specimen must be accompanied by a properly completed Pathology Requisition to the morgue cooler for storage as well as a copy of the requisition be placed in the soiled utility room by the operating rooms. 

Specimen Collection Criteria

  • Collect: If the amputated limb is too large for an empty or prefilled formalin container the limb is to by appropriately wrapped in surgical towels or padded material, as well as double bagged with a red biohazard bag to insure the safety of all personnel coming in contact with a fresh specimen. The specimen accompanied by a properly filled out requisition will be taped to the outside of the biohazard bag and placed in the morgue cooler on the designated table. A copy of the requisition will also be dropped off to soiled utility room to notify pathology personnel of the specimen in the morgue.
  • Specimens that can fit into a pre-filled formalin container will be collected as any other surgical specimen and placed in the soiled utility room for pick up. Specimens that can go in the largest empty plastic container should be immediately sent to pathology so that the container can be filled with 10% NBF. 

Preparation for Courier Transport

The specimen will be placed in the morgue cooler on the designated table or delivered directly to Pathology Department or to the soiled utility room. 

Rejection Criteria

The specimen requisition and the label on the specimen must match accordingly, any incorrect information will be fixed by OR staff prior to the processing of the specimen. 

In-Lab Processing

Gross dictation, tissue processing and microtomy are performed routinely. If necessary, special procedures are ordered by the pathologist, including but not limited to: special stains, immunohistochemistry.


Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) for fresh specimen.
Room Temperature for any specimen submitted in fixative.
Disposition: 4 weeks after receiving date 


Farmington Hills Anatomic Pathology Laboratory


Monday – Friday, 7:00 am–4:30 pm.
Results available within 24–48 hours unless special study is required.

Test Methodology

Routine processing. Hematoxylin and Eosin stained slides. Special staining procedures as needed.


Diagnosis performed by the board-certified pathologist.

CPT Codes

Varies dependent on testing performed. Please contact the Laboratory with questions.


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