RE: H pylori and special stains

From:Walzer Susan

Yes, we do diff-quik on all gastric biopsies but had to put the brake on
auto-alcian blue on esophogial bx's as they sometimes change their minds and
want pas for fungus instead and then it is too late.(we take a section on
middle level)
Some request auto-retic, fe, and trichrome on livers but if I check the H&E
and see mets. I ask the Dr. and it is usually cancelled. Biopsies are
getting smaller and we are able to do lots with very little but it is just
crazy to waste any.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom McNemar []
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2002 8:41 AM
To: '';;
Subject: RE: H pylori and special stains


We automatically do H.Pylori on all gastrics.  We also do Alcian-Blue PAS on
all esophageal biopsies and PAS & Retic on all bone marrows.  

As for a standing order..... Are special stains not at the descretion of the

Tom Mc Nemar HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Licking Memorial Hospital
Newark, Ohio

-----Original Message-----
From: [] 
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 1:28 PM
Subject: H pylori and special stains

Hi all,
    Does your lab automatically perform special stains for H pylori on all 
gastric biopsy material as a matter of routine or do you wait and perform 
them at the discretion of the pathologist after the H&E-stained sections
been seen?  Has anyone had experience with seeking an annual 'standing
from gastroenterologist groups desiring these special stains on all gastric 
K Whittenburg

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