RE: Rapid processing of kidney biopsies

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From:"Patterson, Noelle" <PattersonN@NMRIPO.NMRI.NNMC.NAVY.MIL> (by way of histonet)
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What is your processing schedule/technique?

Noelle Patterson, M.S.
Bethesda, Md  20889

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Fredrickson, Michael M. [SMTP:MFREDRICKSON@PARTNERS.ORG]
> Sent:	Tuesday, November 30, 1999 10:51 AM
> To:
> Subject:	Rapid processing of kidney biopsies
> I may be the odd man out, but I would like to respectfully disagree with
> both Eric and Dawn regarding turn around time for transplant biopsies.
> I believe it is in the interest of best patient care to provide the most
> rapid turn around possible.  Implementation of appropriate therapy in
> cases
> of acute rejection may save the organ and the need for another risky
> surgery, not to mention the anxiety the patient undergoes waiting to hear
> "everything is OK."
> We are using a protocol that has a total processing time of 12.5 minutes
> and
> our morphology, special stains and IHC are beautiful.  We can turn a
> kidney
> biopsy around in about one hour without significant interruption of our
> normal services.
> We have processed over 6,000 specimens using this technique.
> Michael M. Fredrickson
> Technical Director, Anatomic Pathology
> Massachusetts General Hospital
> Boston, MA 02114

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