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

Weber, Susan (VHACLE) Susan.Weber2 <@t> va.gov
Tue Nov 25 08:07:23 CST 2008

Does she already have a funeral home picked out? Perhaps she can ask the
funeral home to "store" it for her, and then release it only to a
funeral home. I would consult my legal department to see what they feel
is appropriate, that way you are dotting all your t's and crossing your
eyes >.< as well!

Susan M Weber HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
10701 East Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 791-3800 X6154
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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
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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