Volume 32, Issue 5 (September 1987)

    Histologic Detection of Fat Emboli

    (Received 3 November 1986; accepted 10 November 1986)

    Published Online: September

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    We describe a procedure for detection of fat emboli in formalin fixed tissue using osmium tetroxide postfixation. Intravascular fat in tissue postfixed in osmium tetroxide, embedded in epoxy or paraffin, and stained with toluidine blue, hematoxylin, or Oil Red O is more easily visualized than in frozen tissue that is stained with Oil Red O. With these methods, fat emboli may be detected years after the initial autopsy.


    Author Information:

    Davison, PR
    Pathology assistant, and forensic pathologist, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI

    Cohle, SD
    Pathology assistant, and forensic pathologist, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI


    Stock #: JFS11190J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11190J

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    Title Histologic Detection of Fat Emboli
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