Needle Biopsy

• count number of fragments, search the container well for all tissue.

• handle tissue gently, take care not to squeeze or transect the biopsy.

• record the length and diameter of all cores of tissue.

• note the colour and any other distinctive feature.

• submit all tissue for histology. Cores may be painted with alcian blue prior to processing so that they are readily apparent when facing the block and vital tissue is not lost. Cut through three levels and keep the intervening ribbons pending morphological assessment and any need for immunohistochemistry.

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