Re: Tzanck Smears
Toy Bridgman asked about Tzanck preparations.
It's neither a stain nor a preparation, it's an obscure ritual that's in
internists' handy-dandy little books (the ones with the spiral bindings that
fit into the sagging pocket of a long white coat, back of the stethoscope of
the year) about how to harass the laboratory.
This is a cytologic procedure, and should be done in a cytopathology lab.
Smears should be fixed in alcohol for Pap staining, or air dried for
polychrome (Diff-Quik). The detailed procedures on how to collect the
specimen are worth everyone's filing away for future reference.
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