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Renal Biopsies

Cellular Pathology

Two types of renal biopsy can be sent for histopathology investigation: native biopsies and transplant biopsies. In order for comprehensive investigations to be carried out these biopsies must be received in saline.

Renal biopsies must be pre-booked by contacting the histopathology laboratory ext. 2930.

If you require a result on the same day, the biopsy must be received within the laboratory by 12pm.

If you require a result on the following day, the biopsy must be received within the laboratory by 4pm.

Please note: 

  • Specimens must be sent immediately to the laboratory in saline and handed personally to a member of the histology department. They must not be left at specimen reception.
  • Biopsies received in formalin are not suitable for Immunofluorescence (IMF) studies.
  • Specimens suspected or known to be high risk such as those with Covid-19, Hepatitis B or C, HIV/AIDS, monkeypox or nvCJD will not have IMF performed.  Please submit these specimens in formalin.


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