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A technique for the evaluation of failed fallopian tube ligation with metal clips

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Niamh Leonard, Professor Archibald Malcolm


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The evaluation of fallopian tubes after failed tubal ligation can be difficult because conventional histopathological techniques are unable to section the metal clips when in situ. Once the clips have been removed, any evidence of tube patency is lost. This report describes a technique of embedding and sectioning that enables sections to be made while the metal clips are still in situ. This is a modification of a method first described to embed mineralised bone and involves the use of plastic embedding and a diamond saw. Using this technique, a permanent record is made of the tube location and patency.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Leonard N, Mawhinney WHB, Malcolm AJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology

Year: 2000

Volume: 53

Issue: 5

Pages: 400-400

ISSN (print): 0021-9746

ISSN (electronic):

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd


DOI: 10.1136/jcp.53.5.400.

PubMed id: 1731181


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