Re: muscle biopsies

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In a message dated 5/9/00 12:23:38 AM, Tracy asks:

<<We are looking to send out our muscle biopsies. Does anyone have a suitable 
way to freeze the specimen other than using liquid nitrogen?>>

You need to ask nearby tertiary care centers if they offer this service, and 
talk with them at length about transport of specimens, usually best done in a 
moist container with wet ice, with about a 4 hour cold ischemia time. 

Surgeons need to be told - your pathologist needs to do this - that biopsies 
must be scheduled in advance, and transportation arrangements verified. I've 
had to enlist family members to do the transport more than once. (I've also 
worked out bus schedules for blood for chronic transfusion patients, and 
filled in for an amateur astronomer on a graze occultation team.)

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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