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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2019, Volume : 12, Issue : 8
First page : ( 3938) Last page : ( 3940)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2019.00678.4

A less toxic alternative to Xylene as a Demountant

Uma PK1,*, Ramani Pratibha2, Sherlin Herald. J.3, Gheena S.4, Dr. Ramasubramanian Abilasha4, Don K. R.5, Jayaraj Gifrina5, Santhanam Archana5

1Post Graduate Student, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

2Professor and Head, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

3Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

4Reader, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

5Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: umacherry@gmail.com

Online published on 24 December, 2019.

Abstract

Introduction

Demounting is a rescue step in reusing the slide to provide case details in case it is the only representative slide or in case there is air entrapment. Xylene is the most common demountant used in histopathology. Xylene is considered as a hazardous substance as it presents with various health and environmental problems. The liquid dish wash soap is a mixture of surfactants composed of sodium laureth sulfate, sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine and nonionic surfactants. In this study there was an attempt to replace xylene with a dish wash soap liquid for demounting of slides mounted with DPX.

Aim

This study aimed to find a less toxic and cheaper substitute for xylene as a demountant.

Materials and methods

Two sets of slides which were mounted with DPX at different weeks and years (1 week, 2weeks, 3 weeks, 4weeks, 5 weeks, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year were taken for this study. One set was put in Xylene and the other set in different concentrations of commercially available limonene based detergent 10%, 20% and 30%. Data was analyzed by Students unpaired t test.

Results

Slides which were mounted with DPX within 5 weeks were demounted by Vim. The slides were demounted faster with Xylene than with Vim.

Conclusion

Vim can be used as a better alternative to Xylene until 5 weeks of mounting with DPX.

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Keywords

Demounting, Xylene, Vim.

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