Re: [Histonet] as Thanksgiving approaches, what do you think about a gall bladder in vinegar ?

From:"Piero Nelva"

We have released patient's tissue with a copy of the relevant MSDS.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rosa Fields" 
To: "Della Speranza, Vinnie" ; "histonet" 

Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:40 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] as Thanksgiving approaches,what do you think about a 
gall bladder in vinegar ?

I would have to agree, the vinegar sounds like a good solution.

Rosa Fields, HT (ASCP)
Gastroenterology Specialties
Histology Supervisor
4545 R Street
Lincoln, NE  68503

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Della 
Speranza, Vinnie
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 4:37 PM
To: histonet
Subject: [Histonet] as Thanksgiving approaches, what do you think about a 
gall bladder in vinegar ?

I have a patient requesting her gall bladder be returned to her for 
religious reasons.
The premise I've been given is so that, upon death, the patient may be 
stored with her body parts.

My facility has concerns about providing it to her in formalin (for obvious 
reasons) or alcohol. The patient admits this is a family practice with 
momma's appendix already being stored in the attic.

It can get a bit toasty warm here in the South so attic storage of a 
specimen in alcohol may not be prudent and I can't be absolutely certain it 
wouldn't burn the house down, another potential liability for my 

I'm tempted to give it to her in food grade vinegar, to avoid the potential 
liabilities from using anything that could be considered hazardous.
Assuming that returning her gall bladder is a given, what do you think of 
using vinegar for this purpose?

Vinnie Della Speranza

Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services

Medical University of South Carolina

165 Ashley Avenue  Suite 309

Charleston, South Carolina 29425

Tel: (843) 792-6353

Fax: (843) 792-8974

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