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Common Uncomplicated Specimens

  • Ralph H. Hruban
  • William H. Westra
  • Timothy H. Phelps
  • Christina Isacson

Abstract

The dissection of tonsils, adenoids, hernia sacs, intervertebral discs, and amputations for gangrene are fairly straightforward, yet a brief discussion of the appropriate handling of these specimens is important for two reasons. First, because these specimens are so frequently encountered, even small mistakes in technique can be magnified over the course of handling numerous specimens. By getting it right the first time, you can avoid developing bad habits that are perpetuated with subsequent dissections. Second, mundane specimens are particularly susceptible to cursory and inattentive examinations. As is true for novel and complex specimens, the prosector should carefully examine the specimen and tailor a dissection that is attuned to the clinical context.

Keywords

Intervertebral Disc Histologic Evaluation Malignant Mesothelioma Posterior Tibial Artery Palatine Tonsil 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph H. Hruban
    • 1
  • William H. Westra
    • 1
  • Timothy H. Phelps
    • 2
  • Christina Isacson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pathology Meyer 7-181The Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, School of MedicineThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyVirginia Mason Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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