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Test Code PTH Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) Immunostain, Technical Component Only

Advisory Information

This test includes only technical performance of the stain (no pathologist interpretation is performed). If diagnostic consultation by a pathologist is required order PATHC / Pathology Consultation.

Shipping Instructions

Attach the green pathology address label and the pink Immunostain Technical Only label included in the kit to the outside of the transport container.

Specimen Required

Supplies: Immunostain Technical Only Envelope (T693)

Specimen Type: Tissue

Container/Tube: Immunostain Technical Only Envelope (T693)

Preferred: 2 unstained positively charged glass slide (25- x 75- x 1-mm) per test ordered; sections 4-microns thick.

Acceptable: Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block

Secondary ID


Useful For

Identification of parathyroid glands

Disease States

  • Hyperparathyroidism

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
IHTOI IHC Initial, Tech Only No No
IHTOA IHC Additional, Tech Only No No

Method Name


Reporting Name

Parathyroid Hormone IHC, Tech Only

Specimen Type


Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
TECHONLY Ambient (preferred)

Reject Due To








Wet/frozen tissue
Cytology smears
Nonformalin fixed tissue
Nonparaffin embedded tissue
Noncharged slides
ProbeOn slides

Clinical Information

Parathyroid hormone (PTH) staining is useful in identifying parathyroid glands in cases of hyperparathyroidism. Hyperproduction of parathyroid-like hormone may occur in association with lung tumors; such tumors may have reactivity with parathyroid hormone antibodies.


This test includes only technical performance of the stain (no pathologist interpretation is performed). Mayo Clinic cannot provide an interpretation of tech only stains outside the context of a pathology consultation. If an interpretation is needed, refer to test code PATHC / Pathology Consultation for a full diagnostic evaluation or second opinion of the case. All material associated with the case is required. Additional specific stains may be requested as part of the pathology consultation, and will be performed as necessary at the discretion of the Mayo pathologist.


The positive and negative controls are verified as showing appropriate immunoreactivity and documentation is retained at Mayo Clinic Rochester. If a control tissue is not included on the slide, a scanned image of the relevant quality control tissue is available upon request. Contact 855-516-8404.


Interpretation of this test should be performed in the context of the patient's clinical history and other diagnostic tests by a qualified pathologist.

Clinical Reference

1.Matsushita H, Usui M, Hara Y, et al: Co-Secretion of parathyroid hormone and parathyroid-hormone-related protein via a gegulated pathway in human parathyroid adenoma cells. Am J Pathol 1997;150(3):661-871

2. Oka T, Yoshioka T, Shrestha GR, et al: Immunohistochemical study of nodular hyperplastic parathyroid glands in patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism. Virchows ARchiv A 1988;413(1):53-60

3. Wick MR, Ritter JH, Humphrey PA, Nappi O. Clear cell neoplasms of the endocrine system and thymus. Semin Diagn Pathol 1997;14(3):183-202

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Analytic Time

1 day

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test has been modified from the manufacturer's instructions. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

88342-TC, primary

88341-TC, if additional IHC

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
PTH Parathyroid Hormone IHC, Tech Only In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
70856 Parathyroid Hormone IHC, Tech Only No LOINC Needed


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send an Immunohistochemical (IHC)/In Situ Hybridization (ISH) Stains Request Form (T763) (