That sounds like incomplete dehydration. A small amount of water remains in the tissue. This prevents full infiltration by both the clearling agent and the paraffin. Once the block is faced off, the water and/or solvent evaporates from the tissue, causing it to shrink and pull away from the paraffin.
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> Subject: [Histonet] tissue falling out of paraffin block
> Can anyone tell me what would make liver tissue fall out of a paraffin
> block after routine processing? We cut a routine H&E slide, and later,
> had to cut IHC stains that were ordered. The tissue was fine for the
> H&E, but the whole tissue fell out of the block when we tried to re-cut
> it, even after re-embedding.
> Thanks for any help
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