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Sending Biopsy Tissue to Johns Hopkins

Follow the instructions below for performing skin biopsies in your office and sending tissue to the Johns Hopkins Cutaneous Nerve Laboratory for processing and evaluation.

  • Complete the referral form and fax to 410-502-5560. We will obtain necessary insurance authorizations for processing and evaluation of the tissue.
  • Once authorization has been obtained, the following items will be shipped to your office:
    • Buffer and cryoprotectant solutions
    • Printed instructions for obtaining biopsies and for cryoprotecting samples
    • Wound care instructions to give to patient
    • Shipping container and ice pack for return shipment (NOTE: Keep ice pack in refrigerator until use)
    • Shipping instructions
    • Pre-printed FedEx airbill for return shipment
    • Biopsy kit - Please note that the following supplies are NOT part of the kit, but will be needed to complete the skin biopsy:
      • Injectable local anesthetic
      • Syringe
      • Gloves
      • Tape measure
      • Skin marker

Detailed shipping instructions are included in the kit and are available here.
Please contact us at 410-614-6399 or with any questions.

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Maryland Patients

To schedule an appointment for a cutaneous nerve/skin biopsy, please have your doctor contact our office at 410-614-6399
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Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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