RE: xylene in tissue processors

From:"Gladney, Diane C"

I have used Shandon's "Histosolve" for about 10 years without any problems.
I have an old Tissue-Tek VIP and a new Ventana Renaissance processor.  I
have not experienced any problems related to the xylene substitute being
used in the processors. This xylene substitute has little or no smell.  I
have used other xylene substitutes a long time ago that created havoc with
my allergies from the smell and had to find another alternative. As with
most xylene substitutes,  it is hydroscopic so if you live in an area of
high humidity, you may have to change the solutions more often. I hope that
this information is helpful.
Have A Great Day,

Diane C. Gladney, HT(ASCP) 
Moncrief Army Community Hospital 
Dept. of Pathology, Histology Section 
Ft. Jackson, SC 29207-5600 


-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: xylene in tissue processors

We used to use Hemo de, but our vendor stopped carrying it for some reason,
so we switched to Citro solv, both work well.

Roxanne Soto HT (ASCP)
Wilson Medical Center
Wilson, NC 

<< Previous Message | Next Message >>