RE: Breast Lumpectomy Specimens

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From:"Holland, Wayne" <> (by way of Marvin Hanna)
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[Holland, Wayne]

> ----Original Message-----
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> Sent:	Wednesday, January 26, 2000 6:03 PM
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> Subject:	Breast Lumpectomy Specimens
> We have discontinued performing frozen sections on breast lumpectomy
> specimens to check margins a while ago now in order to get a more accurate
> result from the permanent tissue blocks.  The pathologists are still
> cutting
> the specimens in the same day and were inquiring if there is a different
> technique available for fixing these fatty specimens.  We are currently
> inking the entire specimen following fixation in 10% NBF.  I have strongly
> encouraged cutting the sections as thin as possible so the tissue is
> properly
> fixed and the completed slide shows the true margin rather than exploded
> cellular debris from the waterbath.
> The pathologists were inquiring if there is a fixative or some other
> preparation method   which will help firm the tissue so they are able to
> take
> thinner sections at the grossing table.
> Greg Good
> Frye Regional Medical Center
> Hickory, NC  28601

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