Breast tissue processing

From:"Wrona, Erin" <>

Hello!  I work at a small clinic that gets mostly biopsies with an
occasional surgical, and we are having a problem with the breast specimens
that we get once a week or so.  They usually get to us late in the day (3PM
or later) and the pathologists say that they cannot get thin sections
because the specimens are not well fixed, but want to put them through the
same day to keep turnaround time short. I am trying to find out how other
hospitals handle their breast or other fatty cases (ie fixation times,
processing schedule) in order to find out where our problems are, and how to
solve them.  Thank you for any advice or information that you can give me!

Erin Wrona

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