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Protocol For Autopsy Brains From Outside Institutions

  • The brain should be fixed in 10% formalin (preferably buffered) at the time of autopsy.
  • After 7-10 days fixation it should be rinsed in water for 2 hours, covered with numerous moist paper towels and placed in a sealed plastic bag.
  • The bag should be sealed within a larger plastic bag (a trash or hazardous waste bag will work fine) to prevent leakage should the bag tear.
  • The double bag ensemble should be placed in a sturdy cardboard box surrounded by styrofoam chips to prevent movement, securely tape the box.
  • This package should be addressed to:

UPMC Neuropathology Consult Services
Presbyterian University Hospital
Room S701 Scaife Hall
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone (412) 624-9415
Fax (412) 624-5610

  • Please include a completed Neuropathology Consultation Form.
  • Please call ahead to alert us to expect the delivery.
  • The cost of an outside consult for the evaluation of Alzheimer's Disease is $1000.
  • A report will usually be generated within 20 working days of receipt of the brain, however, if additional stains are required for the diagnosis of a dementia other than Alzheimer's, there may be further delay.
  • A copy of our report will be sent to the Pathologist who sent the brain. It is the responsibility of this pathologist to distribute that report to the patient's physician(s).