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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Surgical pathology: clinical services - specimen types

Specimens for gross examination only

Specimens listed below can receive a gross examination only and are exempt from routine microscopic review, unless otherwise specified by the submitting clinician or when the attending pathologist determines a microscopic examination is indicated on the basis of the gross findings or clinical history:

  • Accessory digits
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Extraocular muscle from corrective surgical procedures (e.g. strabismus repair)
  • Nasal bone and cartilage from rhinoplasty or septoplasty
  • Hernia sacs in adults
  • Umbilical hernia sacs in children
  • Torn meniscus
  • Varicose veins
  • Prosthetics, including  breast implants and cardiac valves  (note:  attached tissue should be submitted for microscopic review)
  • Selected placentas that meet the following additional criteria:
    • No significant clinical history
    • Clinician request
  • Products of caesarian section