[Histonet] Histonet Digest, Vol 140, Issue 6 Specimen loss

Blazek, Linda lblazek at digestivespecialists.com
Wed Jul 8 13:40:27 CDT 2015

Dear Mr. Cantankerous, :)

So how would you gross a colon biopsy that was <0.1 cm and probably mucus?  

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve McClain [mailto:SteveM at mcclainlab.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 1:47 PM
To: histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Histonet Digest, Vol 140, Issue 6 Specimen loss

My goodness 7% tissue loss is ridiculous.
What fool published that?

A 0.8% "loss of tissue" is beyond me.
Would any one advertise in the local paper that your center of excellence lab loses nearly 1% of your specimens?

"possibly too small to survive processing" is in my opinion, a self-fulfilling prophesy, one to be eschewed and denounced, or beaten out of the grosser who dares use that description for it is an expectation of failure.
That grosser would not last a week around me.
I would walk them to the train station and ask them not to return.

I felt less cantankerous before I read that one. 
Steve A. McClain, MD
631 361 4000

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