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Direct Immunofluorescence

Cellular Pathology

Specimens of skin requiring immunofluorescence (IMF) should be sent to the laboratory in Michel’s medium supplied by the laboratory (contact ext 2930 for supplies).

Safety information regarding the handling of Michel’s medium can be found here: HC8728 Michels Medium v3 CLP

Please note: 

  • Specimens sent in formalin are not suitable for IMF studies.
  • If there is sufficient specimen it can be divided, one fixed in formalin and one in Michel’s medium
  • Specimens for IMF should be sent to the laboratory immediately.
  • Specimens suspected or known to have Covid-19, Hepatitis A, B or C, HIV/AIDS, monkeypox or nvCJD will NOT be accepted for this procedure.
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