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Test ID HPCUT Hematopathology Consultation, Client Embed

Ordering Guidance

1. If requesting a peripheral blood smear evaluation only, order SPSMS / Morphology Evaluation (Special Smear), Blood.

2. If requesting a hematopathology consultation and only paraffin-embedded biopsy/clot samples (ie, no bone marrow aspirate), order PATHC / Pathology Consultation. Also include a cover letter indicating hematopathology review requested.

3. If requesting a hematopathology consultation using biopsy or clot samples for embedding at Mayo Clinic Laboratories and bone marrow aspirate, order HPWET / Hematopathology Consultation, MCL Embed.

Shipping Instructions

Attach the green "Attention Pathology" address label (T498) to the outside of the transport container before putting into the courier mailer.

Necessary Information

The following information is required:

1. All requisitions must be labeled with:

-Patient name, date of birth, and medical record number

-Name and phone number of the referring pathologist or ordering physician

-Collection date

2. All specimens must be labeled with:

-Two patient identifiers (first and last name, date of birth, or medical record number)

-Specimen type

3. All specimens (bone marrow core biopsy, bone marrow aspirate clot, bone marrow aspirate, peripheral blood smears, and bone marrow aspirate slides), patient history, and requests must be clearly labeled with correct patient information and case number.

4. A brief history (recent clinical note is preferred), patient information, and recent complete blood count (within 14 days of bone marrow specimen) are required. A complete pathology report is not expected. Hematopathology Patient Information (T676) may be used to provide patient information. Send with the specimens.

5. All pending and final reports for ancillary testing on above specimens.


All requisition and supporting information must be submitted in English.

Specimen Required

Information on collecting, packaging, and shipping specimens, is available:

-Bone Marrow Core Biopsy, Clot, and Aspirate Collection Guideline

-Assistance with Bone Marrow Collection


Specimen Type: Bone marrow aspirate slides

Container/Tube: Transport in plastic slide holders

Preferred: Fresh prep slides made at the time of sample collection

Acceptable: Slides made from anticoagulated sample

Collection Instructions:

1. Prepare slides of bone marrow aspirate immediately after collection or prepare slides from bone marrow aspirate in EDTA within 2 hours of collection.

2. If bone marrow units are sparse or absent or aspirate is a dry tap, make biopsy touch prep slides.

3. Make 2 good direct smears and 3 good unit preps, per unilateral collection.

4. Air dry slides.

5. Send 5 slides unfixed/unstained.

6. Place Parafilm around the slide carriers holding unstained slides to prevent exposure to formalin fumes during transport and place slides in a separate bag apart from any formalin-fixed clot or core biopsy specimens during transport. If using slide carriers, make sure they have not been used to carry fixed slides previously.


Specimen Type: Bone marrow aspirate in anticoagulant for possible ancillary testing

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA) and yellow top (ACD)

Specimen Volume: 18 mL total; 2 EDTA tubes, each containing 3 mL, and 2 ACD tubes, each containing 6 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Aspirate per standard bone marrow collection procedure.

2. Send bone marrow specimens in original tubes. Do not aliquot.


Specimen Type: Bone marrow core biopsy

Container/Tube: Fixed biopsy core embedded in paraffin block

Collection Instructions: Process and embed core in paraffin.


Specimen Type: Bone marrow aspirate clot

Container/Tube: Bone marrow clot embedded in paraffin block

Collection Instructions: Process and embed clot in paraffin


Specimen Type: Peripheral blood slides and complete blood cell count (CBC)

Container/Tube: Transport in plastic slide holders.

Preferred: 2 Fresh prep fingerstick slide; include CBC values

Acceptable: 2 Slides made from whole blood in EDTA, made within 8 hours of collection

Collection Instructions:

1. Prepare 2 good quality smear of even thickness from fingerstick.

2. Alternatively, prepare good quality smear from EDTA whole blood within 8 hours of collection.

3. Submit unstained and unfixed slides.

4. Place Parafilm around the slide carriers holding unstained slides to prevent exposure to formalin fumes during transport and place slides in a separate bag apart from any formalin-fixed clot or core biopsy specimens during transport. If using slide carriers, make sure they have not been used to carry fixed slides previously.


1. Hematopathology Patient Information (T676) is required.

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

-Hematopathology/Cytogenetics Test Request (T726)

-Benign Hematology Test Request (T755)

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
COSPC Consult, Outside Slide No, Bill Only No
CSPPC Consult, w/Slide Prep No, Bill Only No
CUPPC Consult, w/USS Prof No, Bill Only No
CRHPC Consult, w/Comp Rvw of His No, Bill Only No

Testing Algorithm

Laboratory approval is required prior to ordering this test. Contact Mayo Clinic Laboratories at 800-533-1710.

A Mayo Clinic hematopathologist will provide a full bone marrow workup that includes an evaluation of the specimen and determination of a diagnosis provided within a formal pathology report.


Ancillary Testing:

Based on Mayo Clinic-approved algorithms or at a staff hematopathologist's discretion, ancillary testing may be performed to assist in rendering an accurate diagnosis and provide important prognostic information. These test results (eg, cytochemical stains on bone marrow aspirate smear, immunohistochemical stains on bone marrow biopsy or clot sections, chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization, flow cytometry, microarray, molecular and/or next-generation sequencing testing) will be reported and billed separately. While reported separately, these results will continue to be considered and referred to in the final pathology interpretation.


If ancillary testing (eg, flow cytometry) is desired by the client outside of this consultation, each test must be ordered separately. Tests ordered outside of the consultation may or may not be integrated into the final pathology report based on the staff hematopathologist's discretion.


If the volume of bone marrow aspirate is limited, prioritization of testing will be determined by the staff hematopathologist. Testing requested or suggested by the referring physician (immunostains, molecular studies, etc) may not be performed if deemed unnecessary by the reviewing staff hematopathologist.


Note: Calls are not routinely made; however, depending on the nature of the case, a call may be placed to the ordering provider or pathologist. These situations include, but are not limited to, a new diagnosis of acute leukemia or aggressive high-grade lymphoma. To contact a Mayo Clinic Hematopathologist, call the Hematopathology Communications team at 507-284-5600.


Embedding at the client site may delay specimen arrival at Mayo Clinic Laboratories and preclude the ability to perform some ancillary testing due to specimen stability.


For guidance in test selection, see Pathology Consultation Ordering Algorithm.

Reporting Name

Hematopathology Consult

Specimen Type


Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Ambient

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday

Report Available

3 to 7 days; Cases requiring additional material or ancillary testing may require additional time.

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

CPT Code Information

88321 (if appropriate)

88323 (if appropriate)

88325 (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
HPCUT Hematopathology Consult 78251-6


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
71744 Interpretation 60570-9
71745 Participated in Interprtation No LOINC Needed
71746 Report electronically signed by 19139-5
71747 Addendum 35265-8
71748 Gross Description 22634-0
71749 Material Received 85298-8
71750 Disclaimer 62364-5
71833 Case Number 80398-1

Test Classification

Not Applicable

Method Name

Medical Interpretation

Specimen Minimum Volume

See Specimen Required