Alcian blue for marking margins

From:RSH Histology

With difficulties in obtaining adequate quality (and affordable) Alcian blue
8GX in the UK, a problem I suspect encountered elsewhere, I would be
interested to hear of alternative dyes/methods in use. Indian ink has not
proved to be
"consultant friendly" and commercial "margin kits" have not proved
processing and staining "fast" here. Any suggestions - useful alternative
dyes etc gratefully
Good quality Alcian blue 8GX is our gold standard (clean in use, easy to
paint/dip, perfect for microscopy with H&E) but it's disappearing fast!

Jim Almond
Head BMS
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

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