RE: GI Biopsy Inking @ Gross Station


I gross over 100 cases a day and don't have the time to drop ink or eosin on
each GI biopsy I come across.  The techs put about 50ml of waste eosin in
the first alcohol on the tissue processor.  It colors all the tissue lt pink
and aid in orientation during imbedding.  It even helps with skin and
finding the vas lumen.
Charles R. Embrey Jr., PA(AAPA), HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Carle Clinic
Urbana, IL

-----Original Message-----
From: William Thoendel []
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 4:26 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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