[Histonet] as Thanksgiving approaches, what do you think about a gall bladder in vinegar ?

Bernice Frederick b-frederick <@t> northwestern.edu
Tue Nov 25 08:02:51 CST 2008

We had an issue with this concerning tonsils (the kids wanted them). We
rinsed out the excess formalin after the final sign out by a pathologist (2
weeks), patted it dry and gave the sample to them in a clean container. This
way it was fixed but they did not have the issue of formalin. I'm guessing
that 2 weeks fixation should be sufficient for everything to be fixed.

Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
Northwestern University
Pathology Core Facility
710 N Fairbanks Court
Olson 8-421
Chicago,IL 60611

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Subject: [Histonet] as Thanksgiving approaches, what do you think about a
gall bladder in vinegar ?

I have a patient requesting her gall bladder be returned to her for
religious reasons.
The premise I've been given is so that, upon death, the patient may be
stored with her body parts.

My facility has concerns about providing it to her in formalin (for obvious
reasons) or alcohol. The patient admits this is a family practice with
momma's appendix already being stored in the attic.

It can get a bit toasty warm here in the South so attic storage of a
specimen in alcohol may not be prudent and I can't be absolutely certain it
wouldn't burn the house down, another potential liability for my

I'm tempted to give it to her in food grade vinegar, to avoid the potential
liabilities from using anything that could be considered hazardous.
Assuming that returning her gall bladder is a given, what do you think of
using vinegar for this purpose?

Vinnie Della Speranza

Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services

Medical University of South Carolina

165 Ashley Avenue  Suite 309

Charleston, South Carolina 29425

Tel: (843) 792-6353

Fax: (843) 792-8974

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