Oral pathologies are abnormal oral structures. Biopsy involves the removal and examination of these abnormal oral structures.
Biopsy requires Aseptic Technique protocols, and are performed with or without IV sedation
- Cysts and Periapical Lesions
- Soft Tissue Lesions
• Surgical Tray (remove elevators and forceps)
• Specimen container and Labels
• Lab Requisition Form
Barriers (light handle, etc)
Biopsy Processing instructions:
- Specimens are placed into formalin containers and sent (in British Columbia) to the BC Oral Biopsy Service.
- Complete a label with the patient’s and surgeon/dentist’s information and affix the label to the formalin container:
– PATIENT’S NAME
– PATIENT’S DOB (NOTE – The format of the patient’s DOB must be written JAN 1, 2000 – do not use numbers for the month)
– PATIENT’S PERSONAL HEALTH NUMBER
– DATE OF THE BIOPSY
– SURGEON/DENTIST’S NAME & MSP NUMBER
- Information required on the requisition form: Biopsy Information (the CDA ensures that the specimen data is documented immediately following the procedure with direction from the surgeon/dentist).
- Requisition forms are submitted online via the BC Oral Biopsy Service.
- The requisition form is also printed and sent with the specimen to the BC Oral Biopsy Service.
- The report is sent to the surgeon/dentist (usually within 2 weeks).
- Biopsy reports can be tracked on the surgeon/dentist’s account with the BC Oral Biopsy Service.
• Follow written Pre Op Instructions (sedation).
• Ensure that patient name, date of birth and PHN are correct on labels and requisition form: to prevent a delay in the processing of specimens.
• Excessive bleeding during procedure may require the use of cauterization. Ensure that the cautery unit is at hand.
• Effective assisting is required: do not desiccate the site with suction and be CAREFUL NOT TO SUCTION SPECIMEN!
• Follow written Post Op Oral Surgery Instructions.