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Staining techniques: Leishman's stain

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Introduction

Rationale
  • A neutral stain for blood smears devised by the British surgeon, W B Leishman (1865-1926).
  • Double staining compound of Methylene blue and Eosin in alcohol, which is usually diluted and buffered before use.
  • It stains the different components of blood in a range of shades between red and blue.

Uses

  • Stain WBC, RBC and platelets to identify pathology.

Cons

  • Referral laboratory or human medical institution.

Alternatives

Work time

  • Not applicable - referral laboratory.

Requirements

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Dacie J V Sir & Lewis S M (2001) Practical Hematology. 9th edn. W B Saunders Co. ISBN 0-4430-6377 X.
  • Bain B J (1989) Blood Cells - A Practical Guide. Gower Medical Publishing. pp 8-10.
  • Hall R & Malia R (1984) Medical Laboratory Hematology. Butterworth & Co Ltd. pp 132-136.

Organization(s)

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 5-748 MacDonald Research Laboratories, 675 Charles E Young Drive South, Box 951662, USA. Website: www.hhmi.org.
  • University of Bristol, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, School of Medical Sciences, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD, UK. Website: www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/PathAndMicro/CPL/leishman.html.

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