Re: H pylori and special stains
Hello Pam, Tom and others,
Thanks for the input on the prospective vs retrospective ordering of
special stains for H pylori on gastric biopsies. The info has been most
helpful and I see the practice is not uniform from group to group.
My group is a little split on a blanket prospective special stain order
vs a bit more discretionary approach and this was the reason for my inquiry.
Yes, I do realize pathologists can self-refer but of course that could
be seen as abuse depending on how contributory the stain is. I don't want to
touch off a string of defensive posts on this matter - I am just exploring a
bit. I did notice this very topic also debated on Path-L. Some argue well
for prospective H pylori staining as do those against the practice. I am
trying to balance thinking on the part of those seeing dollar signs, those a
bit more cost conscious and all shades of gray in between - again making no
accusations of my own for those of you who came down on one side or the other.
Thanks again for your help.
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