RE: Multiple site prostate biopsies

From:"Cheasty, Sandra"

We typically receive 6 prostate biopsies separately from each site (Total of 12 specimens)
Left apex
Left mid
Left lateral mid
Left base
Left lateral base
Left transition zone
Each site gets it's own cassette and generally we get 1 to 3 cores from each site. Each of these specimens are sectioned to give 4 levels, generally all 4 levels fit on one slide.

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Cornett, Lorraine D [] 
Sent:	Friday, December 27, 2002 08:02
Subject:	Multiple site prostate biopsies

I am curious as to how you receive your multiple site prostate biopsies, do you receive multiple quadrants per side, if so, how do you process embed and cut them?  Do you use multi compartment cassettes, keeping different quadrants from the same side, seperate in the same block?  Do you use ink to identify quadrants from the same side?  
Please  give me all ideas and suggestions that your lab uses?

Thanks in advance

Lorraine Cornett
Histology Supervisor
Blue Ridge Pathology Consultants
423 224-6767

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