Breast Implants

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From:"Weems, Joyce" <>
To:"'Histonet'" <>
Date:Mon, 14 Jun 1999 17:36:41 -0400
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Two questions:

1.	Do you release breast implants to patients in an alcohol or 
formalin substitute? We wash them in a bleach solution and release 
them in the dry state. However, if the specimen has been around for 
awhile (as is the case with a current request) mold is growing all 
over it. Our pathologist wonders if there is a standard in the 
industry for this procedure.

2.	The owner of the above implants has contacted our pathologist 
requesting that her breast capsule (which has adhered to the shell of 
the implants) be dissected from the shell under videotaped 
surveillance. "A lab told her this," she says. Has anyone heard of 
such a procedure?

Thanks in advance, j:>)

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