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Gross Only Specimens

Reference Number: AA-00276


Dahl-Chase Diagnostic Services




The following specimens are considered gross only specimens in our laboratory.  The gross only examination will include macroscopic examination, description, and diagnosis of the material received.

  • Accessory bones and digits.
  • Acromio-clavicular joint.
  • Arthroscopic shavings.
  • Breast implant.
  • Bullets.
  • Bunions/claw toes/hammer toes.
  • Calculi, usually submitted for chemical analysis unless stated otherwise.
  • Common bile duct stone.
  • Foreign objects/foreign body.
  • Gallstones
  • Bones for degenerative arthritis/OA
  • Lenses.
  • Meniscus.
  • Nasal septum.
  • Orthopedic hardware.
  • Ossicles of the ear.
  • Panniculectomy tissue.
  • Parasites.
  • Prosthetic material (metallic or synthetic).
  • Rib- incidental removal.
  • Scar tissue from plastic surgery.
  • Skin- cosmetic tissue.
  • Teeth.
  • Tissue from rotator cuff repair.
  • Toenail and fingernails.
  • Tonsils and adenoids 17 and under.
  • Traumatic amputation specimens (extremity, fingers, toes) and debridement tissue from trauma.
  • Uvula from sleep apnea.
  • Vaginal mucosa for repair.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Any structure, tissue or material not specifically mentioned above, that in the opinion of a pathologist, does not require microscopic examination.