RE: GI Biopsy Inking @ Gross Station

From:"Johnston, Kathy"

We put safranin in our formalin containers and then send them off to the
OR's and clinics.  When we get them back, they are a nice pink color!  As
for smudgy nuclear detail, we had a similar problem not long ago, and it was
found to be over processing of the tissues.  Your lab may want to reexamine
their times on the processors.

Hope this helps!

Kathy Johnston
Tech II - Special Stains
Anatomic Pathology - Foothills Medical Center
Calgary Laboratory Services
Ph - 403-670-4760
Fax - 403-270-4093

-----Original Message-----
From: William Thoendel []
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 3:26 PM
Subject: GI Biopsy Inking @ Gross Station

Hi All,
What type of stain do the PA's or pathologists put on gastric and colon 
biopsies when they gross the tissue to aide the embedder the following 
morning?  I have been using safranin for years but have now encountered 
questioning from the histo department that some nuclear detail is 
'smudgy'... can this be attributed to the safranin??
Bill Thoendel
Temp-PA in Oak Ridge, TN

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