Diagnostic Services

UNMC Oral Pathology Biopsy Service

The UNMC Oral Pathology Biopsy Service is affiliated with the University Dental Associates. A licensed diagnostic oral tissue biopsy service is available as a referral service for dentists. Information may be obtained from the Oral Pathology department office:
(402) 472-1296
FAX: (402) 472-2551

Our laboratory is a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified regional diagnostic laboratory. It is completely equipped and computerized to process tissue specimens from the head and neck region. In addition to routine histochemical procedures, the laboratory has access to immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence techniques for diagnostically challenging cases. A diagnosis is rendered to the clinician within 24 hours of receipt for most specimens, with the exception of weekends, holidays, or the requirement for additional testing and/or consultation.

A detailed descriptive report is sent with every specimen. All specimen reports are mailed and faxed if a contact number is provided. Clinicians will be notified immediately after the diagnosis has been rendered for any case having a malignant or unusual diagnosis. The biopsy service provides Federal Express service free of charge to all out-of-state contributors. Federal Express can be called for a pick-up and we will receive the specimen at 10:00 a.m. the next morning.

Biopsy kits are available free of charge to the clinician. Each kit contains a requisition sheet, formalin-filled container (MSDS for formalin), proper packaging, and includes pre-paid first-class postage. We bill the patient directly. Please include your patient’s medical and dental insurance information so that we can submit the claim to the insurance company on your patient’s behalf.

For further information, or to order biopsy kits, please call 1-800-332-0265 (ask for Dent Help and then ext. 1296). You may also call direct to 402-472-1296 or email us at oralpath@unmc.edu.

Clinical Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine Clinic

The Clinical Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine Clinic is a component of the University Dental Associates. The clinic is staffed by board certified oral pathologists with specialty training in soft tissue lesions of the head and neck. It is a center for the treatment of patients with diagnostic problems involving the head and neck area.

The patients are usually returned to the referring doctor for follow-up. Some of the conditions referred for treatment and diagnosis include, but are not limited to: ulcerative and vesiculobullous diseases such as lichen planus, mucous membrane pemphigoid, systemic lupus and pemphigus of the oral region, infections, xerostomia, candidiasis, burning mouth, complications of cancer therapy, bony pathology of the jaws, and oral manifestations of systemic disease. Our clinicians are prepared to diagnose as well as treat these conditions. We enjoy seeing patients with unusual or diagnostically challenging oral or head and neck lesions/conditions and providing this vital service to oral health care providers.

To schedule an appointment through University Dental Associates, call 402-472-8900.

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