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How to Send a Skin Biopsy

A completed Dermatopathology Consult Requisition must accompany all requests.

Questions can be directed to: University of Iowa Diagnostic Laboratories (UIDL) at 319-384-7212 or toll free at 866-844-2522.

1. Supplies

Please complete our online Dermatopathology Supply Order Form.

2. Specimen Preparation and Packing


  • All containers must be identified with patient name and tissue source.
  • Place tissue in leak-proof container with at least 30 mL 10% neutral buffered formalin.
  • Wrap the container with Parafilm to prevent leakage.
  • Double bag the specimen container with the requisition outside the plastic bag.
  • Label the specimen with "Formaldehyde precaution" sticker.
  • Placed the double-bagged specimen into a box (primary container) with adequate absorbent material in case of leakage.
  • Securely seal the primary container.
  • Place the primary container in a secondary shipping container, which should also contain enough absorbent material to prevent any leakage from escaping outside the container.
  • Label the shipping container with "Formaldehyde precaution" sticker.
  • Ship at ambient temperature.

3. Specimen Transportation

The UIDL accepts specimens seven days a week, except holidays.

Shipping address:
University of Iowa Diagnostic Laboratories (UIDL)
Department of Pathology
200 Hawkins Drive 5231 RCP
Iowa City, IA 52242-1087