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Two pieces of skin should be sent immediately to Paediatric Histopathology, one skin should be sent fresh and the other in formalin. These should be handed directly to the technical staff.

If a skin biopsy for Immunofluorescence requires to be taken outside of laboratory hours, the fresh sample should be placed in Zeus Tissue fixative and stored in a fridge. Please arrange collection of fixative from Paediatric Histology prior to biopsy, during laboratory opening hours.

Please note the fixative only allows samples to be stored for up to 5 days.


(Last reviewed May 2023)