Zinc in serum
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Thanks for the compliment, Bob Richmond! I'll try to answer
The zinc salts in zinc formalin (any formulation) can enter the
histotech's or pathologist's body only through ingestion (under any
foreseeable circumstances). They cannot be absorbed through intact
skin. Absorption certainly might occur through broken skin or mucous
membranes, but the formaldehde would sting so badly that a reasonable
person would not let it continue for long. Inhalation of zinc salt
dust during preparation of solutions would be highly unlikely if
conventional lab hygiene is followed and the amounts being handled
are lab scale. In the manufacture of zinc fixatives on a commercial
scale, we use approved particle masks for nuisance dusts, as well as
gloves and goggles.
Zinc is an essential element, and will be found with sensitive assays
in serum. If test results are above normal, look for a metabolic
disorder, some source of zinc via ingestion, or inhalation of zinc
dust or welding fume.
Richard W. Dapson, Ph.D.
Battle Creek, MI
Web address: anatechltdusa.com
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