Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Retina and Choroid biopsy

Retina and Choroid biopsy

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

Transport Media:

Flow cytometry (rule out lymphoma), send fresh tissue in a minimum amount of RPMI (just enough to cover the tissue).

Cultures and/or PCR studies, send fresh tissue in a minimum amount of sterile PBS (just enough to cover the tissue).

Standard studies (histologic examination, special stains, immunohistochemistry) or malignancy other than lymphoma, submission in 10% formalin is sufficient.

You may need to divide your specimen into multiple containers with the appropriate media.

Sample label for each container:

Patient’s name (Last name, First name)
Patient’s date of birth)
Hospital or clinic identification number
Specimen type (“retina” or “choroid”)
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 closed syringe 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

Pack the sample(s) with test request form in ice or include ice pack.
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