Biopsy Specimens

Usually one fragment is present free-floating in formalin although several specimens may be taken simultaneously. Portions of stabilising sutures may be present, usually located anteriorly. The surgeon only includes them to reduce artefacts of tissue handling when transferred to the container; rarely are they of significance.

• place in cassette; if very small wrap in moist filter paper.

• mark for levels and D/PAS particularly if the sample represents a white/red patch or where a candidal infection is suspected.

• orientate the specimen at the embedding stage to facilitate microscopic assessment.

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