Jennifer Englin in Willmar, Minnesota asks:
>>I am wondering how other labs section radical prostates. Meat slicer,
scaple, etc.? We currently use a scaple and the sections really very in
thickness - just wondering what's out there?<<
I guess you mean a scalpel. I've never had anything but a long scalpel blade,
though a disposable microtome blade - as someone later suggested - might be
worth trying. That really should be sufficient.
These are difficult specimens. They must fix at least overnight before you
cut them. They should be covered with india ink before dissection. You must
make sure you can tell right from left, and your pathologist may not know how
to do this. (It's helpful to know which side the tumor is supposed to be on,
but you usually can't get this information.) If you can find the tumor in the
slabs, its relationship to the inked surfaces is important. If you can't find
the tumor, you need to sample the gland extensively, and be prepared to
submit all of it. The apex requires multiple small parasagittal sections.
Wonder if there's a Web page with a picture. Maybe I should post one. As I
said, these are difficult specimens.
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