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The Frozen Section

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
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The Frozen Section

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The frozen section is done while the patient is in the operating room; the surgeon does not continue the operation until the pathologist reports the results from the frozen section.

In the frozen section, the pathologist cuts thin slices of tissue and fast-freezes them to be able to look quickly at the tissue. The disadvantage of the frozen section is that the freezing process distorts the cells and the method is not always accurate.

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