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  1. Surgical Eye Specimens
    • Surgical eye specimens handled by Neuropath/Eye Service
      Corneal, conjunctival, and intraocular lesions and all enucleated eyes.
    • Surgical eye specimens handled by Head and Neck Pathology
      Skin, eyelid, and orbital lesions, including most frozen sections, some conjunctival tumors.
    • Surgical eye specimens handled by Dermatopathology
      Biopsy for immunofluorescence to rule out blistering diseases

  2. Eyeballs removed at UPMC Community Hospitals and Children's Hospital.

  3. Eyeballs from Pittsburgh VA Hospital and slides/blocks from other UPMC and Non-UPMC Hospitals.
  4. Grossing
    • The PAs routinely gross all specimens, except enucleations and the conjunctival specimens in which the surgeon has given information on orientation, or cases that Dr. Chu has held for teaching purposes. For more information on grossing please click here.

  5. Coverage when Dr. Chu is not available.
    • It is ABSOLUTELY essential that the cases are TRIAGED as they come in. The Service 2 NP fellow is responsible for identifying these cases, discussing them with Dr. Kofler or the on-call Presby NP attending, and following through to make sure they do not slip through the cracks. If there is no Service 2 fellow, Dr. Kofler or the NP attending should be contacted.

  6. Cases that need immediate attention include:
    • Suspected tumor cases from any site.
    • Rule out infection (usually cornea).
    • Any case in which the surgeon has written Rush or Expedite, or in which the clinicians call.
    • Specimens that have been mis-accessioned to Neuropath/Eye Service.

UPMC Pathologists that can be helpful for eye cases: Jonhan Ho for pigmented lesions (3725 PUH South Tower), Fiona Craig or Steven Swerdlow for hematopoietic processes, ENT pathology staff for soft tissue tumors.  Alan Proia at Duke University for the whole range of ophthalmic specimens.

Updated 12/19/2014