Test Name: Giemsa


Methodology: Special Stains


Test Description

Giemsa Stain Kit is typically used to identify hematopoietic cells (i.e. mast cells, basophils, polymorphoncuclear leucocytes, etc.) in tissue sections on the Artisan™ Link and Artisan™ Link Pro Staining Systems. In tissue specimens it will stain mast cells, which may be useful in the identification of mast cell tumors. Although Giemsa stains are frequently used to study bone marrow specimens as an aid in assessment of blood disorders, this Giemsa Stain Kit is not designed for this application. The tissue elements are stained as follows: Mast cell granules: purple, basophils: purple, eosinophils: bright pink and lymphocytes: blue. This stain is not recommended for cytology specimens or bone marrow smears.


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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