That title sounds like I’m going to talk about organ donation. I’m not in the literal sense. I am in another sense and it is one that helps many people. Last month, while I was enjoying my Christmas feast and unwrapping presents, we had a patient experience liver failure. Eventually he/she had to have the…… Continue reading The Gift of Liver
I usually put up a post when something happens that I think patients should know about. I want people to understand how our type of lab can either cause them harm or help diagnose their worst conditions and help. I haven’t posted much over the last few months because all has gone well. Nothing has…… Continue reading What’s Up
I have seen the mistakes surgeons make. I have seen the mistakes pathologists make. They would argue I have no idea what I have seen because I only have four years of education while they have eleven or more. It takes no degree to recognize some kinds of mistakes. For instance, a surgeon once decided…… Continue reading Who is Watching?
A block was found instead of lost this week. This is 2017. It was a block from 2013. That means the lab report was delayed four years. I’ve heard labs are slow. The block was found because we have a person in the lab that likes to clean. For some reason they decided to clean…… Continue reading It Was Where?
Histology has remained very much the same since the 1800s. If you are interested in a history of it, you can look here. For a science that diagnoses so many diseases, and is fraught with potential to cause patients harm, it is a wonder someone hasn’t come up with a better way to look at…… Continue reading The Muse in Histology
It occurs to me I haven’t described what happens to biopsies and surgical specimens that are sent to the lab. I have written about their loss, their mishandling, and even described a few odd foreign bodies. It’s time to remedy that oversight. The biopsy in question will be a common one from the gut taken…… Continue reading What Happens to a Biopsy
The photo is of two different types of biopsies embedded in two paraffin blocks. These are the what we make in histology from every biopsy and surgical specimen. I will tell you what types of biopsies are in these two blocks soon, but first I want to explain why I have shown them to you.…… Continue reading His and Her’s