RE: marking prostate biopsy specimens
|From:||"George, Cheryl" <email@example.com>|
We use eosin (alcoholic) in the final 100% ROH in our processor. It not
only helps the embedder find all of the pieces but also helps the person
cutting the tissue; it can be difficult to distinguish the biopsy from the
paraffin if it is not colored.
> From: RSRICHMOND@aol.com[SMTP:RSRICHMOND@aol.com]
> Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2000 10:36 PM
> To: HistoNet@pathology.swmed.edu
> Subject: marking prostate biopsy specimens
> Several people have commented on marking prostate biopsy specimens for the
> Speaking as the end user, I don't care what you mark it with, as long as
> find all the pieces and tamp them flat in the paraffin!
> I think that mercurochrome, though commonly used, is unacceptable because
> its high mercury content (26%). I've seen people get by with ordinary
> Green Davidson marking ink looks horrible, but I've used it and it gets
> job done, and is probably preferable when the embedder has to work without
> adequate light or magnification, or has impaired vision (all situations I
> commonly in my travels).
> The important thing is for the embedder to find all the pieces, each of
> represents a moment of agony for the unfortunate patient. The person doing
> the grossing should be counting the cores and estimating their total
> ("three strips of white tissue with an aggregate length of about 60 mm")
> not commonly done, but if I ran the zoo the person doing the grossing (or
> their assistant) would write these counts on a log sheet for the embedder.
> Bob Richmond
> Samurai Pathologist
> Knoxville TN
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