[Histonet] Re: Rapid liver core biopsy processing

Robert Richmond rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 11:03:18 CDT 2010

Garth Fraga, a pathologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center asks:

>>We do about a hundred liver transplants/year at our hospital, and the hepatologists do lots of liver core biopsies to rule out rejection. They want a same-day diagnosis on these, so historically they have been rush processed on a two-hour cycle (VIP machine). They are brought over directly from the liver biopsy suite immediately after biopsy, so they get very little fixation in the specimen container prior to going on the processor. Recently we had a couple of sub-par cases and have moved to a four-hour processing cycle. Do any of you have any experience dealing with rush-processed liver cores in transplant patients? What sort of a processing schedule do you recommend?  Anyone handling them like frozen sections?<<

I would address this question to the pathologists at the University of
Pittsburgh, since this is the foremost liver transplant service
possibly in the world. I've consulted their Web site about liver
transplants - quite a while ago - and it was quite helpful.

Garth, if you get a reply, could you post it on Histonet for us all to see?

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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