[Histonet] RE: Bone marrow blocks

Tony Henwood (SCHN) tony.henwood <@t> health.nsw.gov.au
Wed Jun 26 18:20:11 CDT 2013

Well you could try the warm agar approach:

Agar Cell Block Method

Olson NJ, Gogel HK, Williams WL, et al (1986) Processing of aspiration cytology samples: an alternative method. Acta Cytol  30:409-412.

1.	3% Agar
2.	Fixative


1.	Fix material in preferred fixative
2.	Heat 3% agar in a 60oC oven until molten.
3.	Centrifuge specimen and decant supernatant.
4.	Add 3-4 drops molten agar (dependent on size of sample), gently mix
5.	Allow to cool, add fixative, remove block and process.

Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC), FFSc(RCPA) 
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Subject: [Histonet] Bone marrow blocks

I sent out a request for information a while back and am going to ask again from a different approach.
I am finding problems with embedding blocks of bone marrow particles with or without blood clot.
Does anyone have a special technique they would like to share to concentrate the particles centrally in the block.
Our current technique has the particles put in a block and then they are tamped down causing them to disperse throughout the block.
Sometimes this results in the particles being located around the perimeter of the block with very little centrally positioned yielding extensive time to scan the entire slide because they are so spaced out.

Do you let the sample clot or do you use anti-coagulant?  Are the particles separated or are they mixed in with the blood?

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

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