Test Name: Congo Red

Methodology: Special Stains

Test Description

Congo Red Stain Kit is used to identify amyloid in tissue sections on Artisan™ Link and Artisan™ Link Pro Staining Systems. Amyloid is an abnormal protein product that can be found in various pathologic conditions. This stain demonstrates amyloid in pink to dark pink with light (bright field) microscopy or the characteristic apple green bi-refringence with polarized light. Mayer’s Hematoxylin is used as a counterstain. This stain has been optimized with 8 µm thick tissue sections.

Specimen Requirements

A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block is preferred specimen type or one (1) unbaked, unstained slide cut at 4-5 microns for H&E staining (required) and two to three (2-3) positively charged unstained slides cut at 3-4 microns for each test/antibody ordered.

Storage and Transport

Use cold pack during transport of paraffin blocks and unstained slides. Cold pack should not be placed in direct contact with the specimen during shipping

Specimen Rejection Criteria

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Turn Around Time (TAT): 2-3 Days

CPT Codes*: 88313

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