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Fast paraffin processing

In urgent cases (often eyelid tumour surgery where a lesion is being excised, and subsequent reconstruction depends on knowledge of whether the margins are tumour free) a "fast paraffin" approach may be considered.

If the specimen can be delivered to the laboratory on the morning of the initial surgery, it can be processed overnight and an opinion will be available by midday on the next working day.

NB: This service is labour-intensive and must be booked in advance by contacting laboratory staff in advance to ensure both technical and clinical staff are available. This service is only available to CMFT ophthalmologists.


(Last reviewed 30th May 2017)