[Histonet] demonstration of asbestos by means of electron microscopy

Yolanda Davies yolanda.davies <@t> uct.ac.za
Tue Nov 22 03:14:01 CST 2011

Dear all
I am a histotechnologist in forensics, Cape Town, South Africa.
I received a request to show asbestos in lung tissue where there is
definite interstitial fibrosis, but the presence of asbestos is not
Is it possible to reveal asbestos by means of electron microscopy?
Usually asbestos is demonstrated using the Perl's Prussian blue
technique, but most times they are elusive.
Could it be because of the sampling site or simply the nature of the
Thank you in advance
Yolanda Davies
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Falmouth building
Anzio Road
Cape Town 
South Africa



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