RE: Processing protocol for breast specimens

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Has this process had any negative effects on your IHC procedures?

Sandy Hinton
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Chief Technologist, Surgical Pathology and Autopsy Services
Phone (409) 747-2488
FAX (409) 772-4676

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> Allison,
>      We use an Alcoholic formalin.  The breast are cut and processed the
> same 
> day.
> As soon as we get the breast we put alcoholic formalin on it and after the
> path. sections it we return it to alcoholic formalin.  The last person to 
> leave in the afternoon puts them on the processor.  If the specimen comes
> in 
> later in the day we add a small amount of heat by putting the cassettes in
> a 
> Tupperware bowel and placing it on the mechanical stirrer.  By stirring
> and 
> heating you have a free exchange of fluids and the heat helps with 
> penetration.
> Debbie Boyd
> Hist. Super.

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