Collection medium for FNA's

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From:Jeff Silverman <>
Date:Thu, 18 Mar 1999 16:20:22 -0500
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My pathologist has been traveling to outlying clinics to perform/asses at
the bedside thyroid FNA's. He ususally returns with twenty to thirty slides
per case, mostly blood with a few cells.What a pain! Can anyone suggest a
good medium with which he can rinse the syringe after preparing one or two
slides for Diff Quick assessment that I can then process by cytospin after
lysing the blood. Is normal saline acceptable, perhaps rinsing the needle
with normal saline to lyse and then add formalin? alcohol? after lysing the
Jeff Silverman
Southampton Hospital NY USA

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