Re: Connie-Try (man)handling breast tissue

From:Melissa Jensen

Yepper to that one! Helps alot!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Silverman" 
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 8:10 PM
Subject: Connie-Try (man)handling breast tissue

> That's right MANHANDLING breast tissue. This trick has been tried and true
> in my hands for many years with no adverse effects. First, sections MUST
> cut 3-4mm in thickness. If the tissue is fatty, I gently, or sometimes not
> so gently,  press the sections between two paper towels to squish the fat
> and soak it up in the paper towels. The only time you must be careful with
> this method is with intraductal papillomas or intraductal papillary
> carcinomas or some other friable tumor, but it works quite well for those
> troublesome microcalcification cases. Also works on those fatty replaced
> nodes. You can also squeeze a block that is well fixed and processed but
> still greasy and smelling of xylene at the embedding center. Squeeze
> towels and return to paraffin bath for another hour or so.
> Hope this helps.
> Jeff Silverman HT HTL QIHC (ASCP)
> Southside Hospital
> Bay Shore, NY USA

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