Re: Paraffin Block Trimming

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From:Mequita Praet <>
To:"Patrick M. Haley" <>
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I work in a dermpath lab and we do trim our paraffin blocks so we can get more
sections on the slide. However, the most recents dermpath to join the staff
does not believe this is necessarily important. We have continued our procedure
as I feel it is better for them to have the most information possible.
Mequita Praet

"Patrick M. Haley" wrote:

> Hello fellow HistoNetters,
>     This is an informal survey question to all you microtomists.
> When you have small specimens (skin and GI biopsies, ect), who among you
> trims the excess paraffin from the block to allow for more sections per
> slide?
> I am having a debate with a fellow technologist, this person believes it is
> a waste of time.
> I believe the more information you can place on the slide, the better for
> the patient/client and the tech. (fewer recut to deal with).
> Please answer me directly,  I will post the results at a later date.
> Many thanks.
> Pat Haley
> HTN, inc.

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