Turnaround times for main reports and additional tests

The chart gives timings for an 'average' case. Cases that are difficult to diagnose will inevitably take longer as more tests will be need to be carried out.

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Specimen typeNumber of working daysTarget of % within turnaround time
CSF cytology295
Brain biopsies (surgical)5 (2 if no special stains required)95
Pituitary biopsies495
Epilepsy surgery1595
Muscle biopsies10 (main report) / 15 (inflammatory panel)95 / 90
Nerve biopsies5 (paraffin) / 20 (semi-thin resin)95 / 90
Skin biopsies (IENFD test)20 (Biopsies are batch processed in groups of 5-6)90
Bone biopsiesDepends on how long it takes to decalcify specimen (usually within 5 days once decalcified)90
Other biopsies5 (2 if no special stains required)80
1p19q deletion15-20 from when request issued90
PCR/Molecular tests10 from when request issued90
Electron microscopy30 from when request issued90
Autopsy general report580
Autopsy macro report3080
Autopsy histology (micro)6080