By The University of Chicago Department of Pathology
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Triage & Gross
- Submerge specimen in formalin upon receipt.
- All POCs are considered urgent specimens and need to be processed the same day of receipt.
- All specimens should be emptied out of the specimen jar and carefully inspected for fetal parts and vesicles.
- If fetal parts are recognized, inspect them for gross anomalies.
- If no fetal parts are recognized, search for diagnostic placental tissue which is soft and shaggy or spongy (i.e. villous) [as opposed to membranous (likely to be decidua) or blood clot].
- To test if tissue is villous – take the sample in your forceps and place in small amount of water: if villous, the tissue will float and branch out.
- If no fetal parts or villi are recognized, submit a minimum of 5 cassettes.
- If we still don’t find evidence of intrauterine gestation after histological examination, we will have to submit additional sections.
- If fetal parts are present, submit 3 cassettes of placental tissue/villi (with umbilical cord and membranes if present) and fetal parts.