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Pathologica. 2005 Apr;97(2):84-7.

[Intraoperative examination in neuropathology: proceedings evaluations].

[Article in Italian]

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DAPeG (Dipartimento di Anatomia Patologica e Genetica), Sezione di Anatomia Patologica, Università di Bari, Azienda Ospedaliera Consorziale Policlinico di Bari.



In the neuropathological intraoperative diagnostic is extremely important having guide lines to obtain a lot of information about the slide. In our study we have considered only the intraoperative the cases diagnosed within a month comparing the histological evaluation using the cryostat and the cytological examination of touch or smear preparation.


Our study includes 7 meningiomas, 2 metastatic carcinomas, 1 anaplastic astrocitoma, 1 mieloplaxis tumor, 1 anaplastic chordoma. For the cytological examination we have got ready 8 touch or smear preparations and we have executed 4 proceedings: stainings with Giemsa, toluidine blue and haematoxylin and eosin, after fixation with 95% alcohol and staining with haematoxylin and eosin after fixation with alcohol and a small quantity of acetic acid. For the histological examination we have got ready 8 preparations, using the cryostat. We have fixed the slides with 95% alcohol or 10% formalin and stained them with haematoxylin and eosin. In the 50% of the cases we have treated the sections with microwave at 400W.


Two pathologists have examinated the 192 sections prepared, judging each slide considering the legibility: unsatisfactory, quite good, good and excellent.


Considering the cytological examination, Giemsa and toluidine blue permit the best legibility of nuclear and cytoplasmatic morphological details. Legibility is worse in staining with haematoxylin and eosin. Addition of acetic acid makes variable results. In the histological slides the best result are obtained using 95% alcohol for fixing. Microwave use doesn't determine improvement.

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