SPAM-LOW: RE: [Histonet] Reprocess

Patsy Ruegg pruegg <@t>
Fri Jul 9 09:26:18 CDT 2010

I do something similar but I do melt the block down and dab out the melted
paraffin with paper towel, put the melted tissue in a cassette and
reprocess, it works a charm.  No need to remove paraffin.


Patsy Ruegg, HT(ASCP)QIHC
12635 Montview Blvd. Ste.215
Aurora, CO 80045
fax 720-859-4110

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Subject: SPAM-LOW: RE: [Histonet] Reprocess

What Tony suggests is similar to what we do for reprocessing.  If we have a
block that we embedded and attempted to section, only to discover that it's
not fixed well enough, we do the following:

1) print a new processing cassette
2) using a "dull" knife (we have an old, dull steak knife), run the blade
between the edge of the block and the cassette and "shave" the embedded
tissue off the cassette.
3) take the wax/tissue, place in the new cassette and process.

No need to melt it down or run it back down from xylene to formalin.  The
moist tissue is already exposed and seems to re-process just fine.

Your mileage may vary!


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Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 7:48 PM
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Subject: RE: [Histonet] Reprocess

You do not need to rehydrate the blocks back to water, 

While the tissue is still hot (ie the wax is still molten) blot the tissue
dry, place it back in its cassette and place the cassette in 10% formalin
for reprocessing. This procedure dramatically improves the results in at
least 90% of cases. The excellent results are probably due to the protective
nature of the wax present in the adequately processed portions of the block.
This insulates the tissue from the harmful effects of ethanol on the
adequately processed portions of the tissue preventing the tissue from
becoming hard and brittle (Johnson 2003).

Johnson (2003) Histologic 36(1):21-22.


Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC) Laboratory Manager &
Senior Scientist
Tel: 612 9845 3306
Fax: 612 9845 3318
the children's hospital at westmead 
Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead 
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145, AUSTRALIA 

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Subject: [Histonet] Reprocess

   Hello  all!!  Hope everyone had a happy 4th!!  Question =oday is...I
   grossed  in  some  fat  that I need to routine process.  I ha=e done
   this  in  the  past  with  extra fixation and no problem?  This tim=
   however  it didn't fix all the way through and I have oily unfixed fat
   in  =the  middle  of  my  block.  I fixed for 48 hours, but guess my
   section  we=re  too big and needed more.  I want to fix for a little
   longer  and rep=ocess the block.  I know I need to melt it down, but
   then  what? =I  have done this before, it's just my brain is getting
   older =)

   Thanks in advance!!

   Sarah Goebel, B.A., HT (=SCP)

   XBiotech USA Inc.

   8201 East Riverside Dr. Bldg 4 Suite 100

   Austin, Texas  78744

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