RE: [Histonet] FW: HTL question

From:"Liz Chlipala"

ASCP study guide

Some of the questions that are in the HT/HTL study from ASCP are questions
that used to be on the exam but were removed because they did not perform
well for a variety of reasons. They did not differentiate between
knowledgeable candidates and others that did not know as much, or perhaps
there was more than one correct answer, but they still give the candidate an
idea of how the questions are written, etc. This question was probably
removed from the exam and is in the booklet for the same reason it is under
discussion now.  


Elizabeth A. Chlipala, BS, HTL(ASCP)QIHC
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Dolores
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 11:35 AM
To: Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED) Bartlett;
Subject: Re: [Histonet] FW: HTL question

As for a lot of tests, the answer is a bit tricky and confusing, but D
is right: although the pathologist can see something that MIGHT be
fungus on the routine stain, (s)he will ask for a special stain (GMS or
other) to confirm the presence of fungus. Hence, D. Fungi are never
demonstrated with routine procedure. You will need the special stain to
be sure. This is true for most special stains: the pathologist sees
something on the routine stain, but it is not conclusive, so special
stains are needed to confirm the diagnostic.
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