In certain cases, an anatomopathologist may employ histochemical study methods (using special stains).
These techniques are based on simple chemical reactions that enable detection of certain substances in tissues. Such examinations are used to make a diagnosis.
As an example, alcian blue stain makes it possible to reveal mucus. Congo red stain indicates amyloidosis.
Histochemical stains are simple to use and are relatively inexpensive.
INDICATIONS FOR THE EXAMINATION
This method of tissue studies is used for initial diagnostics of neoplasm and early detection of disorders.
HISTOCHEMICAL STUDIES PERFORMED AT THE RCMC
During an examination or a surgical operation, the consulting physician collects tissue samples for subsequent study. The material is sent to the Laboratory where it is studied using the histochemical method.