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.
KeywordsIntervertebral Disc Histologic Evaluation Malignant Mesothelioma Posterior Tibial Artery Palatine Tonsil
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