RE: Mercury poisoning tissue stain?

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From:"Jennings-Siena, Debbie" <> (by way of histonet)
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I was in a workshop in Salt Lake City (NSH) that was put on by Charles
Churukian.  He showed pictures of a stain that he was working on to show
mercury.  It was to be published soon and I think that it was a silver stain
but I am not sure.  You might try to contact him at the University of
Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York and hopefully, my memory
won't have failed me.
Debbie J. Siena, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, Texas
214/820-2465 VM
214/820-4110 Fax

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	A. Mark Briones []
> Sent:	Thursday, October 08, 1998 9:00 PM
> To:	HistoNet Server
> Subject:	Mercury poisoning tissue stain?
> Hi all -
> I appreciate the information passed around on this list server.  As stated
> early, I also find myself laughing outloud at "life in the lab".
> On a serious note, we are doing a postmortem on a baby who died of mercury
> poisoning.  The mother died days earlier.  Can you believe this, she was
> boiling off mercury to concentrate gold from her prospecting?  I know
> there's gold to be had for a price in the mountains, here in California
> ...
> but at what price??!!
> Has anyone been able to demonstrate tissue deposition in acute, possibly
> chronic mercury poisoning cases? Does anyone have a good tissue stain for
> mercury deposits, our pathologist would like to demonstrate deposition if
> it
> can be stained? Kidney? Liver? Brain?  Are there any tissues in anyone's
> "banks" that has demonstrated positive mercury staining so I could
> validate
> any finding on this unfortunate case?  Thanks.
> Mark Briones
> Valley Children's Hospital
> Madera CA USA

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