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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Other Special Studies

Other Special Studies

Corneal biopsies to exclude microorganisms

Special Instructions: Please contact Dr. Chevez-Barrios in advance of biopsy to assure the specimen is going to be received and handled immediately.

Dr. Chevez-Barrios
Tel: 713-441-6484
Email: pchevez-barrios@houstonmethodist.org

Immunofluorescence (exclude ocular pemphigoid: skin or conjunctiva)

Submit in Zeus transport media (tissue will keep in this media for 24 hours)
Please contact our client service center at 1 (855) 522-3282 at least one week in advance and we will send you Zeus transport media.

Exclude Lymphoma

Flow cytometry (rule out lymphoma), send fresh tissue in a minimum amount of RPMI (just enough to cover the tissue).
Please contact our client service center at 1 (855) 522-3282 at least one week in advance and we will send you Zeus transport media.
Send fresh tissue in RPMI medium in a sealed container (labeled) and then on ice or ice packs for ASAP delivery.

Regular specimens: eyelid or orbital lesions, cornea, conjunctiva, enucleated eyes, etc.

Send tissue in a well sealed container with 10% formalin to adequately cover the specimen.
If you are interested in margins, please include a drawing of the lesion in relation to margins and mark the specimen with sutures or indelible ink for orientation.

Cultures and/or PCR studies

Send minimum 200 uL of aqueous humor, vitreous or fresh tissue in a minimum amount of sterile PBS (just enough to cover the tissue) and send on ice. See Aqueous Humor Vitreous Humor.

Sample label:

Patient’s name (Last name, First name)
Patient’s date of birth)
Hospital or clinic identification number
Specimen type (aqueous, vitreous, eyelid, cornea, etc)
Specimen site (right/left eye)

Test Request Form

Please download and fill out an HMDL Ophthalmic Surgical Pathology Form (PDF format / Word format). Place the sample and test request form in a sealed specimen bag. Please be sure to provide a detailed history and any specific questions to be answered.

Shipping

Send overnight by Fedex or other courier with sample tracking.

Shipping Address

Houston Methodist Diagnostic Laboratories
Attention: Dr. Chevez-Barrios
6565 Fannin Str., M247
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: 713-441-1250
Fax: 713-793-1603

Contact information: Laboratory Client Services

Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM (CST)
Phone: (713) 441-4411 or 1 (855) 522-3282 (LABDATA)
Fax: (713) 441-4412