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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-48

Recognition of autolysis in the batterd specmen syndrome

Medical foundation and clinic 8 nsukka lane, Enugu, Nigeria

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Battering is well known in medical circles as regards wives and children. To be recognized also is the battering of surgical specimens. This is as a result of autolysis that supervenes on account of inadequate formalin fixation. In a period of 30 years, 170 such cases were submitted to the author in Enugu by 98 doctors working in 25 hospitals in Enugu and in 37 hospital elsewhere. Up to 71 doctors submitted single specimens. For the rest, the respective totals varied, but one gynecologist sent in the maximum of 13 rotten specimens. Although fake formalin may be part of the answer, the clinician will do well to provide both sufficient summary and specious specimens in keeping with the status of the pathologist as a team mate rather than a wizard.

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