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Nerve Biopsy

See Specimen Submission Instructions for test requisition, specimen labeling and specimen packaging requirements.

Pre-Surgical Instructions

Please call the laboratory at (402) 465-1900 24-48 hours prior to notify of the time and date of the procedure.

Submit with patient’s history and physical as well as the neurological consult report.

Specimen Requirements

  1. Isolate a 5-cm long fascicle of nerve.
  2. Tie both ends of the dissected specimen. Free the specimen, and tie it isometrically to a tongue blade.
  3. Immediately wrap the nerve biopsy in a saline moistened telfa pad or send fresh in an appropriate sized container. DO NOT IMMERSE THE SPECIMEN IN SALINE OR FORMALIN. Submit specimen refrigerated (ice pack) to pathology STAT.
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