RE: [Histonet] Lost specimens
At 3:55 PM +0100 10/20/04, Marshall Terry Dr,
Consultant Histopathologist wrote:
>"Regret material did not survive processing - possibly due to its
>being mucin only."
I agree. Honesty is the best policy. On some specimens, eg, minute
<0.05 cm specks, I will put into the gross the "This specimen may not
I also call the Doc and inform them.
If a cassette opens, we filter all processor solutions and have
almost always found the specimen. I also add that this was done.
I suspect that we all have had badly processed tissue, which just
does not cut or stain well. The worst example I can think of is a
breast biopsy which cut poorly and would not stain with H&E, PAS,
trichrome or Giemsa. I could make some guesses - purulent material
was present, as was some granulation tissue. But, I could not really
r/o carcinoma. In this case I stated the problem, what we tried etc
and called the Doc.
I have wondered if the alcohols were mixed up, but we never did find the cause.
The worst thing to do is to pretend nothing happened or criminally
make up a diagnosis.
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