Wellen, Terrence D. :LPH Lab
TWELLEN <@t> LHS.ORG
Tue Oct 9 12:10:08 CDT 2012
I have seen this phenomenon in several locations, not just with residents. The thinking, as it was explained to me was that the little slivers were to be embedded on edge like a cone biopsy to determine margins and that the entire protstatic margin was to be submitted to be sure of complete tumor excision.
The variability in thickness I can only attribute to ignorance, indifference, or sheer bullheadedness.
I have gone around and around with Pathologists, PAs and Residents on this for decades.
Sheehan and Hropchek have a table (I believe it is figure 14) detailing tissue thickness for submission and the effect on fixation. Good Luck getting it across to them.
Terrence Wellen HT(ASCP)
Legacy Health Systems
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