[Histonet] IHC queries Bowman's layer and Descemet's Membrane

Marshall Terry Dr, Consultant Histopathologist Terry.Marshall <@t> rothgen.nhs.uk
Wed Dec 8 10:57:06 CST 2004

I am constantly amazed at the requests for ipox to stain things which are perfectly well recognised without it. But, that is an aside.
A confession.
I can never remember which b.... membrane is which, and only need the information every year or so.
Do you have a mnemonic?

(A mnemonic for the spelling of mnemonic would be useful too).

Dr Terry L Marshall, B.A.(Law), M.B.,Ch.B.,F.R.C.Path
 Consultant Pathologist
 Rotherham General Hospital
 South Yorkshire
        terry.marshall <@t> rothgen.nhs.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: Paula Pierce [mailto:contact <@t> excaliburpathology.com]
Sent: 08 December 2004 16:32
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] IHC queries Bowman's layer and Descemet's Membrane

I have been doing ophthalmic histology for 25 years. You do not need to do an immuno to demonstrate Descemet's membrane in the cornea. The simple PAS (periodic acid - Shiff's) stain will stain Descemet's a bright hot pink. It is routinely done with an H&E on recipient corneas from transplants. Bowman's, however, will not stain with PAS, but is the homogeneous layer right beneath the epithelium.

Paula Pierce, HTL(ASCP)HT

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