[Histonet] HPS Stain

Gagnon, Eric gagnone <@t> KGH.KARI.NET
Wed Mar 17 11:13:55 CDT 2010

Hi Sheila,
HPS (Hematoxylin-Phloxine-Saffron) is the routine stain we use.  There are a few institutions in Canada that also still use this stain; around Ottawa and a few other places in Ontario and Quebec.  Perhaps one of these institutions sent slides to your pathologist for referral/consult?
It is quite a nice trichrome stain, but somewhat more complex and expensive, uses more staining dishes, and it's sometimes tricky to get a proper phloxine/saffron balance.  Due to the use of H&E being more widespread, our pathology residents usually ask for H&E slides for their files when preparing for exams.
Eric Gagnon MLT
Histology Laboratory
Kingston General Hospital
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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