Fragile Bones on the Grossing Table

Fragile bones are challenging specimens while grossing in surgical pathology. Among them the most vulnerable are bones in the maxillary ethmoidal area, but even a rib can be damaged by an inappropriate cutting technique. Needless to say that some bone/soft tissue tumors, malformations or bones with degenerative disease present various technical particularities during grossing and decalcification.

Our book Grossing Techniques:Principles, Techniques, and Instrument ( described the grossing techniques for fragile bones in details.


Although it requires some training, with the appropriate tools and techniques, satisfactory sectioning of every fragile bone can be achieved.

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