Re: Micro-chatters in gastric biopsies

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From:"Alan Bright" <>
To:"Hall, Phil" <>, "'Histonet'" <>
Date:Fri, 30 Jul 1999 15:51:19 +0100
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Have you tried using a conventional steel knife to overcome the chatter.

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From: Hall, Phil <>
To: 'Histonet' <>
Date: Friday, July 30, 1999 02:52
Subject: Micro-chatters in gastric biopsies

>Does anyone see microscopic chatters (cracks parallel to the knife edge) in
>endoscopy biopsies (approx 0.2cm diameter)?
>We have been seeing these in our paraffin sections of these biopsies so
>badly that the Pathologists sometimes complain it makes diagnosis
>We do not seem to have any problems with large tissue blocks or bone.  We
>cut sections at 3 microns using a manual rotary microtome with disposable
>S35 blades.
>So far we have done the following to try to stop this happening:
>changed microtome - including buying a new one
>changed blades - including using a different supplier
>changed the microtome knife angle
>cut them slower and faster
>cut them very cold or warm
>let them float on the water bath for longer or picked them up straight away
>Any other ideas?
>Phil Hall
>Paediatric Pathology
>St Michael's Hospital

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