[Histonet] tissue microarray problem

Luis Chiriboga Luis.Chiriboga <@t> med.nyu.edu
Wed Sep 29 07:38:25 CDT 2004

couple more ideas......  you want to work with sharp needles, they will get
dull over time. If possible make sure that the needle travels all the way
through the donor "tissue". This will decrease the likelihood of the tissue
core remaining in the block due to it's attachment to surrounding tissue.
If your dealing with very fibrous tissue, rotating the entire stylus from
left to right when the needle is still in the donor block definitely helps.
I have also found that occasionally there is wax build up in the donor
needle and that this interferes with removing donor cores.  We use the
plunger as a ram to keep the   bore clean (kind of like cleaning the bore of
a cannon or gun with a ram rod in the olden days).  Hope this helps

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Jacqueline.Miller <@t> UTSouthwestern.edu
Subject: Re: [Histonet] tissue microarray problem

Move the handle back and forth a couple of times and then gently Tamp
on top of the stylus. these two steps have always take care of any
resistant core removal.

Helen L. Fedor B.S.
Johns Hopkins University
Pathology Department
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>>> Jacqueline Miller <Jacqueline.Miller <@t> UTSouthwestern.edu> 09/28/04
03:57PM >>>
Hi everyone,

I'm making several practice tissue microarrays, and I'm having a lot
problem with not being able to retrieve the donor core.  In other
after I punch the donor block, the core does not stay in the needle as
the needle is withdrawn.  Instead, the core remains in the block and
only way to get it out is to pry it out, which ruins the surrounding
tissue.  I appreciate any tips that anyone can offer as to how to
retrieve the core when this happens, or better yet, how to keep this
from happening in the first place.


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