CUTANEOUS DIRECT IMMUNOFLUORESCENCE (IFA), BIOPSY

Specimen Required
1. Collect biopsy of uninvolved or involved skin. Immediately place specimen into a labeled vial of Michels or Zeus transport medium, seal, and transport ambient.
2. Collect biopsy of uninvolved or involved skin. Immediately place specimen into liquid nitrogen and allow to freeze thoroughly (do not allow specimen to dessicate). If liquid nitrogen is not available, specimen may be frozen by placing it on a small square of aluminum foil on a block of dry ice. Liquid nitrogen is preferred. Immediately wrap specimen in foil. Do not allow specimen to thaw. Place the wrapped specimen to thaw. Place the wrapped specimen in a labeled plastic vial, seal, and transport frozen.
Two or more specimens from the same site sent in one vial will be processed as one specimen. Two or more biopsies from different sites require separate orders and separate specimen vials.
Please send pathology report with specimen.

Rejection Criteria
Specimen fixed in formalin

Methodology
Direct Immunofluorescent Stain

Stability
Room temperature: Preferred; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: for snap frozen specimens

Reference Range
By report

Performed
Monday-Friday

Turnaround Time3-5 days
Test CodeCIB
CPT-4 Code (s)
88346, 88350 x 4
LOINC Codes
Interpretation:   Not Available  
Participated in the Interpretation:   Not Available  
Reprt electronically signed by:   Not Available  
Addendum:   Not Available  
Case Number:   Not Available  

Warde
Medical
Laboratory