Around the country, our pathologists are noticing issues with certain glass slides that are staining up with “blobs” when examined microscopically (see photo).
Our pathologists have recognised these “blobs” or “pseudo-cells” as artefact and have learnt to look through them when doing cytological examinations. However we are concerned that clinics reviewing blood films and cytology smears in-house, might be misinterpreting these pseudo-cells as a significant finding.
If you are experiencing this issue with the slides you are currently using, we recommend you try a different brand. We do not have any issues with the slides we use in our laboratories, so please contact us if you would like to order some.