RE: [Histonet] prostate needle biopsies

From:"Laurie Colbert"


Our pathologists will submit as many prostate needle cores in one cassette that were received in the container.  We generally don't receive more than three cores in one container, though.  Also, we cut six levels: 1, 3, 5 for H&E and 2, 4, 6 for possible IP's.  And, we routinely get six specimens per patient - yes, we waste a lot of slides:)

Laurie Colbert
Huntington Hospital
Pasadena, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Englin []
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 11:09 AM
Subject: [Histonet] prostate needle biopsies

We usually receive our needle biopsies in  2 contaners, right and left.  I was wondering how many cassettes they are submitted in.  For example 2 needles per cassette, five per cassette, etc...   Also for those of you taking sections for possible IP's.  We routinely cut five levels, 1,3,&5 for H&E and 2 & 4 for IP's.  Do some of you cut seven???
Any help would be appreciated.

Jennifer Englin, HT(ASCP),PA
Rice Memorial Hospital
Willmar, MN

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