[Histonet] small derm specimen handling

Sheila Fonner sfonner <@t> labpath.com
Thu Mar 17 11:55:48 CDT 2011

You can use any cassette you like if you put a blue sponge inside of it.
Some people use two sponges, one on top and one on bottom, or you can use
just one and fold it in half.  Another thing you might want to try are the
small biopsy bags.  They are like tiny tea bags and you just pour the
contents of your specimen bottle into the bag.  The formalin will run out
and the specimen will stay trapped inside.  Then you can fold the bag to fit
inside of your cassette.  You can also add some eosin to the specimen at
grossing if it is white or transparent, but it sounds like that's not really
the issue if you are losing them altogether.  Hope this helps!

Knoxville Dermatopathology Lab
Knoxville Tennessee

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Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:50 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] small derm specimen handling

Hello All,
Just wondering how you all treat your small derm specimens as not to lose
them in processing.  Does anyone use colored formalin or add dye to the
buckets?  We have had a few lost ones lately (more than usual :( )  We use
the smaller cassettes from Leica. The problem with those is they trap air
bubbles so I hate to use them more than we have to.  Just looking for some
new ideas.  Thanks for your input.

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