[Histonet] at a troubleshooting loss

Tony Henwood AnthonyH <@t> chw.edu.au
Tue Dec 16 17:18:29 CST 2008

?carbon from lead pensils used for labelling slides.


Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager & Senior Scientist
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Subject: [Histonet] at a troubleshooting loss

A couple questions for those who are troubleshooting savvy: Other than
inadequate fixation, water being introduced during processing, or too
much heat, what can cause fuzzy, uneven hematoxylin staining with poor
nuclear detail? 

And secondly, aside from formalin, are there any other common agents of
blackish pigment in H & E staining? (The artifact appears on the slides
both on and around the tissues.) 

Any feedback is GREATLY appreciated.


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