Skin and Other Small Biopsies
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To get sections of skin or other small biopsies, please note the following:
- When fixing skin, cervix, or esophagus biopsies, it is really important to orient correctly before fixing.
- When submitting the samples to the histology lab, make sure you let them know that the SPECIMEN IS FIXED FLAT as shown on the diagram to the right.
- Accompany your request for processing with instructions that say specifically to "EMBED ON EDGE", so that sections will then allow visualization of the appropriate layers in sequence.
- Small biopsies also require shorter processing times -- thus the Histotechnologists need to be alerted about that as well.