Re: [Histonet] Muscle biopsies

From:"Mary North"

In our experience, if the specimen has been kept moist (not soaked in
saline) and cold, the enzyme histochemisty stains still yield diagnostic
results even after many hours following surgery.  Some of our fresh
specimens are not received until the day after surgery due to a faraway
location.  These have been refrigerated at the source hospital and then
sent on ice, FedEx overnight.  
Mary North, HT(ASCP), HTL
Neuromuscular Laboratory
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

>>>  8/17/2004 8:45:19 AM >>>

Does anyone out there get muscle biopsies sent to them from far away?
(ie: a
few hours transport time)
How are they sent to you? (Fresh? or Frozen in proper orientation?)
I am wondering if anyone has any idea how long a muscle bx can be held
ice before the diagnostic value of the tissue is compromised. Any
information would be greatly appreciated.

Vivian King 
Tech II - Neuropathology 
Calgary, Alberta 

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