[Histonet] bromoform ingestion

Yolanda Davies yolanda.davies <@t> uct.ac.za
Mon Jan 9 06:13:29 CST 2012

Dear All
Is it possible to demonstrate the presence of bromoform within
gastro-intestinal tissues in histology?
Bromoform is similar to chloroform, the anaesthetic agent, except with
3 bromine instead of chlorine atoms in the molecule and is clearly
demonstrated by means of x-rays.
All we know is that bromine is very reactive because it is a halogen
being highly electronegative, so this makes us think that perhaps it
would not be wise to place the tissues into formalin and so on, but
rather to perform the test on fresh tissue.
Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

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