Days Set Up
Adult autopsies are performed 7 days per week if the body is received prior to 11:00 am, otherwise it will be performed on the following working day. Fetal autopsies are not performed on weekends.
Analytic Time

Preliminary results will be reported within 48 hours of performing the autopsy. Final written report may take 1-2 weeks.

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Interpretive result provided.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

An autopsy will not be performed until the pathologist has, in hand, a properly signed autopsy permit or proper phone permit obtained via the witnessed permit line. In addition the pathologist must have the clinical record in the case of University Hospital patients. See 'Authorization to Perform Autopsy' Form which states who may give permission. If the person is not available to sign, telephonic permission is acceptable through the paging operator (66267). An autopsy cannot be started until a properly completed and valid autopsy permit is available. In all cases, except Medical Examiner's cases it is the responsibility of the attending physician to complete the death certificate. See 'Hospital Death Notice' for criteria for notifying a medical examiner.

Collection Offsite

Clients must have pre-approval to send an autopsy to the University of Michigan Health System/MLabs. Please call MLabs at 800-862-7284 to request approval or to notify MLabs of an autopsy request. MLabs will provide transportation of the body from the client location to MLabs. The client must provide the transporter with:
1. A signed legal authorization by the decedent’s next of kin or other approved entity permitting the autopsy to be performed (copy or original).
2. A signed legal authorization allowing both the release of the fetus or adult from UM to the funeral home of choice (a legible copy is acceptable).
3. A properly identified fetus or adult in a body bag for transportation. Placenta fixed in formalin should be sent with fetal autopsies.
4. Relevant history and medical record to include physician’s notes, obstetric history, labor and delivery, neonatal admission and exam, laboratory reports, and ultrasound reports. Please state if there is a specific question for the pathologist.
5. A completed MLabs Anatomic Pathology Consult Requisition supplied by MLabs, preprinted with appropriate client identifiers.

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.