General Approach to Surgical Pathology Specimens

  • Ralph H. Hruban
  • William H. Westra
  • Timothy H. Phelps
  • Christina Isacson


The key to safety in the surgical pathology laboratory is to recognize that this area is a dangerous place. A variety of noxious chemicals are routinely used in the surgical pathology laboratory, and tissues infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis viruses, mycobacteria, and other agents enter through its doors on a daily basis. Not only are these infectious agents present in the laboratory, but their transmission is also facilitated by the frequent handling of bloody tissues and the routine use of surgical blades, knives, saws, and other sharp instruments. Clearly, the surgical pathology laboratory is no place to “let down one’s guard” by becoming careless or distracted. Rather, safety in the work area should become an ingrained habit, and universal precautions should be exercised with all specimens.


Surgical Margin Surgical Pathology Sharp Instrument Surgical Pathology Report Perpendicular Section 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph H. Hruban
    • 1
  • William H. Westra
    • 1
  • Timothy H. Phelps
    • 2
  • Christina Isacson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pathology Meyer 7-181The Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, School of MedicineThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyVirginia Mason Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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