Test Name: PAS

Methodology: Special Stains

Test Description

PAS Stain Kit is used to identify glycogen in tissue sections on the Artisan™ Link and Artisan™ Link Pro Staining Systems. PAS-positive entities and structures are also numerous in tissue sections. The most common application is for demonstrating glycogen in the liver. Duplicate sections are stained with or without a pre-treatment, such as the Artisan™ Alpha-Amylase (Code AR171), which is a glycogen-digesting enzyme. Comparing PAS signal intensity in a digested tissue sample with one that has not been digested will give an indication of the amount of glycogen present. A loss of glycogen may be indicative of a metabolic disorder or damage to the liver. Positive glycogen: magenta, nuclei: blue and the background: pink.

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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