We've done the same. Additional time in Xylene and paraffin made a huge
Angela Bitting, HT(ASCP)
Technical Specialist, Histology
Geisinger Medical Center
100 N Academy Ave. MC 23-00
Danville, PA 17822
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>>> "Gudrun Lang" 11/6/2008 10:42 AM >>>
We have made some changes to our regular VIP-protocol (13 hours):
time in 100%ethanol, in shell sol (=Xylen-substitute) and paraffin to
This led to an improvement of paraffin-infiltration and
Some blocks can be improved by letting them sit in melted paraffin for
hours after the processing.
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Gesendet: Mittwoch, 05. November 2008 21:22
Betreff: [Histonet] Fatty tissue
I would like to know how other labs are processing "fatty" tissue,
especially breast for optimal processing? We have been doing a few
"reprocessing" of these specimens and my pathologist feels this should
not be happening! Yes, the PA's are, at times, cutting the sections
larger than 3 mm thick, but, at times the tumor is ingrained in the
fatty area and they need to obtain as much of the perimeter as they
Does anyone agitate or heat fixate their specimens prior to
Would appreciate any feedback on this age old dilemma.
Also, I only heard back from one person on the recycling issue. Any
input would be appreciated as to savings incurred and a still vs.
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