RE: [Histonet] Bone decalcification
Although every textbook I've seen limits Bouin's fixation to 72 hours or
less, I have occasionally gotten away with fixing in Bouin's for a week (168
Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy
Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Miami Shores, Florida 33161
From: Gayle Callis [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 1:20 PM
To: Smith, Allen; Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Bone decalcification
You are correct.
Zenkers (although mercury is no longer environmentally acceptable) will fix
and decalcify, and some have used this in the past for Jamshidi bone biopsy
Bouins with acetic acid works for tiny decalcifications, and I have seen a
Bouins modification using formic acid in place of acetic acid - not too
much different than what you suggest here. Neither worked very well on
thicker cortical bone, and I would not like to fix a long time in Bouins
(72 hours is an upper limit recommended fixation ala histotext books and
the bone may not be totally decalcified by then).
We store our stock picric acid under a layer of water, check it very
frequently and make sure the edges of lids do not seep out picric acid (
sealed with hot paraffin) to exist in powder form on exterior of lid.
At 08:53 AM 4/24/2006, you wrote:
>Heather's question is not at all unreasonable. Some acids are pretty
>fixatives. While I learned histotechnique back in the Dark Ages, I was
>taught to fix and decalcify simulataneously. We used 85% saturated aqueous
>picric acid, 10% formalin, and 5% formic acid. The explosive nature of dry
>picric acid has made this formula less popular than it used to be.
>Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
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