[Histonet] lost tissue

Mike Pence mpence <@t> grhs.net
Thu Nov 11 10:07:39 CST 2010

Are you sure the cassette is opening during processing?   I have seen
many time when small specimens are loose in the cassette the specimen
flips up when the lid is opened and it then falls somewhere else.  I
have had this happen to me and my techs more than once. 


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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Braaten,
Christine I
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:53 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] lost tissue 

Hi everyone,

Has anyone had a problem with cassettes opening during processing?

Sometimes the cassettes are slightly opened at the top or bottom. We

rarely lose a specimen and it's frustrating to cause the patient to be

biopsied again with no explanation what happened to it. We use Surgipath

micro cassettes and a Peloris processor and just in the past three or

four months we have lost 2 specimens somewhere between  grossing and

embedding. The specimens are tiny skin biopsies and have no paper or

biopsy pads in the cassette with them. They are not small enough to fit

through the cassette "holes".  If anyone has any ideas what might be

happening I would appreciate a response. I have been embedding for 8

years and it's just been in the recent past that this has happened.

Thanks, Christine

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