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?
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
I have a medical condition that necessitated a couple of surgeries and several years of hospital based treatments. My insurance was not accepted at the hospital where I worked, which was the best hospital in the area. Because of that, and because I couldn’t afford the tens of thousands of dollars my healthcare would cost…… Continue reading As a Patient
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
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
This week I am working in the special stains area of Histology. That is where we stain your biopsy, a slide made from your biopsy actually, and add colors to it so pathologists can see things better. Every biopsy has an H+E done on it. That is a pink and blue stain. Here is an…… Continue reading Special Staining on Your Biopsies, Waste, Teaching, and CYA
My husband found an article about mammograms in the New York Times this weekend. It raised the question about women being over diagnosed, undergoing breast cancer treatment, and being subjected to surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation for no reason. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/22/opinion/cancer-survivor-or-victim-of-overdiagnosis.html?_r=0 I have added links to an abstract that discusses this same question. (An abstract is a summation of data…… Continue reading What About Mammograms from the Lab’s Point of View?