On this resource, the following formatting is used for comprehensiveness:
- Minimal depth
- (Moderate depth)
Generally 10% neutral buffered formalin.
A gross inspection is almost always enough, and tissue generally does not need to be submitted except in unique circumstances. ((Still you may submit 1 cassette of one or more representative sections for an inguinal hernia sac in a patient aged up to 16 years of age, or in case of hernia sacs from other regions than inguinal.))
- Gross report
|((A. Labeled - ___. The specimen is received in formalin and consists of)) __ fragment(s) of pink-tan fibromembranous tissue, measuring ___ cm in greatest dimension and ___ cm in greatest thickness. The surfaces are smooth. There are no sections submitted for microscopic examination. (Representative sections are submitted for microscopic examination in __ cassettes.)|
In case of a gross only examination, the microscopic report may still be given as a formality:
|Right inguinal region, herniorrhaphy:|
Hernia sac, gross examination only.
When microscopy slides of the case are available, you may screen the sample at low magnification to rule out obvious pathology:
|Umbilical hernia sac, hernia repair:|
Connective tissue lined by mesothelium, consistent with hernia sac.
- Chesley PM, Black GE, Martin MJ, Johnson EK, Maykel JA, Steele SR (2015). "The utility of pathologic evaluation of adult hernia specimens. ". Am J Surg 209 (5): 783-6; discussion 786. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2014.12.019. PMID 25725504. Archived from the original. .