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Breast pathology – Histopathology of the breast – Specimen transport


  • All specimens for histopathology other than tissues for frozen section should be transported in 10% neutral-buffered formalin.
  • This is important to ensure preservation of tissue morphology, especially mitotic figures, and all the antigens and biomarkers in tumour tissue.
  • The container used to transport should be of a size suitable for the size of the specimen.
  • The volume of formalin in the container should be enough to submerge the entire specimen in formalin.


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