Levels and Label Coding

A. Specimens to be cut through three levels with 100 ^m between each level are: ENDOSCOPIC BIOPSIES

• Jejunal (also require examination under the dissecting microscope).

NEEDLE BIOPSIES

MISCELLANEOUS

• Cervical punch biopsies.

• Small skin biopsies.

• Temporal artery (embed transversely).

B. Cassettes are identified either by a microwriter or the use of perforated paper labels placed perpendicular to and protruding from the end of the cassette. They may also be colour coded to designate an urgent specimen or specimen type, e.g., gastric biopsy.

Gastrointestinal Specimens

Derek C Allen and R Iain Cameron

General Comments

1. Oesophagus

2. Stomach

3. Pancreas, Duodenum, Ampulla of Vater and Extrahepatic Bile Ducts

4. Small Intestine

5. Colorectum

6. Appendix

7. Anus

8. Gall Bladder

9. Liver

10. Abdominal Wall, Umbilicus, Hernias, Omentum and Peritoneum

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