Myocardial Biopsy in Dogs
Full-thickness biopsies of ventricular dog myocardium, beating and in arrest, have been studied by conventional fixation (immersion in fixative solution), by the use of cryostat sections thawed on slides, and by freeze drying of tissue blocks. Three types of artifacts were found and could be related (1) to cutting into the beating heart, (2) to thawing of frozen sections on slides, and (3) to the failure of fixative solutions to immobilize still reactive myocardium immediately. The method described yields a biopsy specimen of sufficient diameter to delineate the cutting artifacts. For histological preparation freeze drying appears to be the method of choice.
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