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Muscle Biopsy

Alternative Names:Histology - Muscle Biopsy
Laboratory:Anatomical Pathology
Test Code:SPEC MUSB
Specimen Types:Unfixed Tissue
Container Types:
Fresh Tissue Pot
Collection & Request Instructions:

Muscle Biopsy

Muscle biopsy for neurodegenerative and metabolic studies are processed by the Victorian Neuromuscular Laboratory Service (VNLS) which is located within the Anatomical Pathology Department of Alfred Pathology Service at Alfred Health.

Clinicians Please Note: VNLS must receive samples before 4.00pm Monday to Friday to enable optimal handling and processing to occur. Please ensure you allow sufficient transport time when scheduling the time of biopsy.

Requests and Reports

A request form must accompany the specimen. The request form must contain full details (full name, address, contact number) of the requesting doctor and who should receive a copy of the report, including the name of the treating neurologist.

VNLS is a statewide referral service with a broad clinician referral base. Please provide clear and precise details so reports can be directed to the appropriate people.

Specimen Collection

Correct handling of a muscle biopsy is important for interpretation of the specimen.

• Please deliver the specimen before 4pm.

• Please do not freeze the specimen.

• Do not immerse the specimen in any fluid.

• Do not use any diathermy instrument on the muscle specimen.

• Do not infuse the muscle with local anaesthetic.

One (1) fresh specimen of muscle is required.

A single 20 x 10 x 10 mm rectangular piece of muscle is collected from the patient and placed in a dry sterile container (yellow lid).

Place this specimen in an Esky with ice cubes and dispatch to the VNLS immediately.

Muscle Biopsy Kits Are No Longer Provided

Note: As of 2017 VNLS no longer provides muscle biopsy kits for specimen sampling and packaging. Detailed instructions on collection procedure can be downloaded from the link below or via the VNLS website.

Specimen Dispatch

Return the muscle biopsies and completed paperwork to:

Victorian Neuromuscular Laboratory Service

Alfred Pathology Central Specimen Processing
The Alfred
55 Commercial Rd
Melbourne
Victoria 3004

Important Note: VNLS is unable to provide a collection service for the return of specimens. It is the responsibility of each hospital or clinic to arrange return delivery of the specimen to Alfred Pathology Service.

Victorian Neuromuscular Laboratory Service– General Information

 Director:

 Professor Catriona McLean

 Phone: +61 3  907 63153

 Laboratory Contact:

 Paul Kennedy - Senior Scientist

 Laboratory Phone:

 +61 3 907 65448

 Laboratory Fax:

 +61 3 907 62899

 Email:

 p.kennedy@alfred.org.au

 Courier Address:

 Victorian Neuromuscular Laboratory Service
 Alfred Pathology Service Central Specimen Processing

 Ground Floor, Main Ward Block
 The Alfred
 55 Commercial Road,
 Melbourne VIC 3004

 

Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Send to lab immediately
On Ice
Assay Frequency:Weekdays