[Histonet] RE: alcoholic formalin

Weems, Joyce JWeems <@t> sjha.org
Thu Nov 4 15:05:37 CDT 2010

Can you get the client to use 10% NBF? That would be the first thing I'd do. If not, I'd soak blocks. One thing you can do is throw it in your water bath for a few seconds - then put on ice. The warm water seems to work really well especially on bloody tissue. j 

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Laurie Elmgren
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 15:24
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Subject: [Histonet] alcoholic formalin

I have a client that uses alcoholic formalin as a primary fixative for small endometrial and cervical biopsies.

What can I do to keep the cells from looking like raisins? We presently run these biopsies on a conventional processor with a short biopsy schedule. 


Laurie Elmgren

Histology Supervisor

Sunrise Medical Labs

240 Motor Pkwy

Hauppauge, NY 11788




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