What Happens to a Biopsy

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

His and Her’s

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

It’s Just a Stupid Job

There are days that I am stunned by stupid. That someone could possibly think what they have done is acceptable is by itself amazing but then they defend what they have done. A statement like that must be followed with examples or you could correctly think I am ranting and stop reading  but I have…… Continue reading It’s Just a Stupid Job

Friday and You

Fridays can be a bad day to have a biopsy taken. To explain why, I’ll give you the following, a phone call that came in to my lab on a Friday afternoon. To understand this call, I work in a large lab that receives specimens from other hospitals and the call is about a biopsy the…… Continue reading Friday and You

Foreign Bodies

Body parts, as well as things that shouldn’t be in the body, get sent to the Histology Lab. At one of my first positions as a tech, I saw a McDonald’s coffee cup that had been pulled from a person’s colon. It was filled with cement and shoved up there and got stuck.   At that time, I…… Continue reading Foreign Bodies

Lost Again

They lost another patient’s specimen today. I noticed the supervisor, assistant supervisor, lead tech, and two of my fellow techs searching under every piece of equipment, desk, and through all the garbage. They came around to each of us who were cutting to see if the lost block was among our blocks. Maybe it was…… Continue reading Lost Again