Re: Paraffin Problems

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From:Mequita Praet <>
To:Sue Ryan <>
Date:Tue, 10 Aug 1999 23:18:26 -0400
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I have seen this problem occasionally through the years.  I would suggest
you change your processor reagents more frequently as others have
indicated.  We keep our solutions very clean and we use a good paraffin to
ensure adequate dehydration, clearing and infiltration.  However, a
suggestions for the occasional occurence of exploding sections.  Add a
drop  or two of liquid soap to your waterbath. It will help with the
Mequita Praet

Sue Ryan wrote:

> I hope someone can help us.
> For the past month our paraffin surrounding the tissue has been blowing
> up in the water bath.  We have two processors and the problem occured
> in both machine.  The paraffin we used was Tissue Prep.  We also use
> distill Xylene.  These are the steps we took.
> 1.  Switched to Surgipath infiltrating and embedding paraffin.  This
> step didn't solve our problem.
> 2.  We put fresh Xylene into both stations for all processors.  We
> still have the problem.
> 3.  We changed all solutions (formalin to paraffin) and the problem
> still is happening.
> If anyone has any suggestions please respond.
> Susan Ryan HT, HTL
> Path Lab Inc.
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