Infectious Disease Laboratories:Virology
Punch biopsy or autopsy of skin in HBSS, EMEM, or 0.9% NaCl
Skin section 4 mm in diameter
Cause for rejection:
Specimen dry, not in sterile container, QNS
Tissue Culture for propagation of cells
Fibroblast culture special requisition must accompany specimen. Specify freeze for storage only or specific tests requested. Please submit patient history and cover letter with name, address, phone # and contact person of reference lab. TAT for additional tests = additional 6 weeks - 6 mos. Sterile technique essential for non-contamination of specimen.
OC Power Word:
6 weeks - 6 mos
Growth of cells depends largely on specimen quality.
Skin fibroblast; skin for Osteogenesis Imperfecta