Re: Hepatic Iron Index on paraffin section?
Muhammad Tahseen, Supervisor Histology Section, Saukat Khanum Memorial Cancer
Hospital [apparently in Pakistan] asks:
>>We need to answer a question immediately. We would like to know the best
protocol for Hepatic Iron Index on paraffin section.<<
I don't know the term "hepatic iron index". If you can see stainable
(Prussian blue positive) iron in a liver biopsy specimen and hemochromatosis
is suspected, then you need to get a quantitative iron determination done on
the paraffin block.
The only reference laboratory I know that actually does this procedure
(without a lot of nonsense) is:
Mayo Medical Laboratories
200 First Street Northwest
Rochester, Minnesota 55905 USA
test # 8350
They want the paraffin block, a slide, and a copy of the surgical pathology
report. Their reports are prompt and understandable.
Knoxville, Tennessee USA
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