Re: Fish Blocks

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To:"Hagerty, Marjorie A." <>
Date:Thu, 23 Sep 1999 20:52:51 +0000

We have done work on fish several times in our lab.  If 
only the internal organs from the fish are taken you 
will find handling them quite easy.  When the scales and 
fins are submitted things become a bit more difficult.  
We process with our routine processing program and stain 
with our routine H&E protocol.  The reproductive organs 
can also cause difficulty when sectioning.  We just 
finished about 300 fish last week.  I would imagine it 
would also depend upon what type (size) of fish you are 
dealing with, these were goldfish!  Good Luck,  

Amy S. Porter
Michigan State University
Division of Human Pathology

>I have someone who would like us to process, cut, and stain "fish 
>for them. 
>Having never, ever worked with fish histology, I have some questions 
>those of you who do:
>1. Would I be able to use the same processing protocol we use for 
our human
>2. Would I be able to stain them with our regular H&E protocol?
>3. Are they different/difficult to cut?
>Any information you could share with me would be greatly appreciated.
>Marg Hagerty
>Supervisor, Anatomic Pathology
>Eisenhower Medical Center
>39-000 Bob Hope Drive
>Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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