RE: [Histonet] Breast processing, Mary Bliss

From:"Joyce Cline"

     I have started microwave fixation for my breast cassettes. Of
course I have a Hacker TT microwave processor. This works beautifully. I
process for one hour at 40 degrees and can process overnight the same
day the specimen is grossed.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Bliss,
Mary E.
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 4:19 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Breast processing

Hi All, 


How do other laboratorians  prepare fatty breast specimens for
histology?  Are you doing anything special?  We had a case today which
our doctor needs to have re-processed.  It appears unfixed, although it
sat in formalin on the processor over the weekend before it processed on
Sunday night.   The sections are large (too large in my opinion) and not
adequately removed of fat. We are using toluene on our processors and
have considered going to Xylene.  We have tried Penn fixx in the past,
but discontinued using it years ago.  I know it is a complicated
subject, but just thought I would see if anyone has any bits of wisdom. 



Mary E. Bliss

Lead Histologist

Northwest Pathology, P.S.

3614 Meridian St. Suite 100

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360)734-2800 x601

(360)734-3818 FAX



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