[Histonet] Breast tissues

Webb, Dorothy L Dorothy.L.Webb <@t> HealthPartners.Com
Thu Jan 25 13:02:34 CST 2007

With the new CAP standards regarding formalin fixation, I have another
concern brought to me by our PA's.  They are having to basically gross
all breast specimens in fresh or barely fixed and are having a hard time
getting the proper thickness (or should I say "thinness") due to minimal
stabilization of the tissue from not being in a fixative long enough.
The interpretation of the standards is that the tumor should be promptly
examined grossly and placed in formlain after appropriate sectioning.  

Does anyone have any suggestions for the PA's to get sections that are
the proper thickness with such fresh tissue?  We would appreciate any
help in this area!!
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