[Histonet] Breast core biopsies, same day results by frozen sections

Charles.Embrey Charles.Embrey <@t> carle.com
Thu Mar 30 08:17:13 CST 2006

What a scary thought.  The first real question is: What would be the
benefit?  Are you going to do the lumpectomy or mastectomy immediately
following the frozen section result?  Fat is difficult to cut on frozen
and I shudder to think of all the wasted (and now non-diagnosable)
tissue you will incur trying to get an adequate section.  To me, a
frozen section is only of value if it will directly impact a surgical
decision that will result in immediate action.  The biopsy is a unique
specimen and even if you were to attempt to get more tissue you can't be
certain that it will yield the same result.  I can't see possibly
wasting it on an unnecessary frozen section.

Charles Embrey PA(ASCP)      

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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of
Galiotto, Laura
Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2006 7:40 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Breast core biopsies, same day results by frozen

Is there anyone performing same day results on breast biopsies by frozen
sections? If so please share the pros and cons. Has there been any false
negative results?

Laura Galiotto, HT (ASCP)
Histology Facilitator

Northwest Community Hospital 
800 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, Il 60005

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