Bone Marrow Smears

From:greg tesdall <>

I would like some input on Bone Marrow technique. We
currently aspirate with a heparin treated syringe then
make  smears and filter the remaining aspirate and
embedd for sectioning. We stain the smears on a hemo
stainer that is set up with a modified Romanowsky.
Pathologist #3 doesn't like the fact that everything
looks blue and thinks its the Heparin. We did the most
recent aspirate without Heparin and he likes the stain
better because the myeloid granules stain a nice red.
Pathologist #1 and #2 prefer not having to look
through the clot and like the filtered spicules. Any
suggestions.  What techniques you are using. Perhaps a
different but quick stain with the Heparin treated
aspirate? Thanks. Greg.

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