phosphotungstic acid hematoxylin


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phos·pho·tung·stic ac·id he·ma·tox·y·lin (PTAH),

a stain with broad application in cytology and histology; nuclei, mitochrondria, fibrin, neuroglial fibrils, and cross-striations of skeletal and cardiac muscle stain blue; cartilage ground substance, bone reticulum, and elastin appear in shades of yellow-orange and brownish red; also useful for demonstrating abnormal or diseased astrocytes, often in combination with periodic acid-Schiff stain and Luxol fast blue.

phos·pho·tung·stic ac·id he·ma·tox·y·lin

(PTAH) (fos'fō-tŭng'stik as'id hē'mă-toks'i-lin)
A stain with broad application in cytology and histology; nuclei, mitochrondria, fibrin, neuroglial fibrils, and cross-striations of skeletal and cardiac muscle stain blue; cartilage ground substance, bone reticulum, and elastin appear in shades of yellow-orange and brownish red; also useful for demonstrating abnormal or diseased astrocytes, often in combination with periodic acid-Schiff stain and Luxol fast blue.
Synonym(s): Mallory phosphotungstic acid hematoxylin stain.
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b) AR H2N (c) GCDFP-15 (d) PTAH (e) chondrial (e) 1 Neg Pos Pos 2 3 Neg fPos Pos 4 5 Neg Pos Pos 5 5 Neg Pos Pos 6 5 Pos Pos Pos Neg fPos 7 0 Pos Pos Pos Neg fPos 8 5 Pos Pos Pos Neg fPos 9 5 Pos Neg Pos Neg fPos 10 30 Pos Pos Pos fPos fPos Abbreviations: ApEMCa, apocrine epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma; AR, androgen receptor; Epi, epithelial (luminal) component; fPos, focally positive; GCDFP-15, gross cystic disease fluid protein-15; H2N, HER2/neu; myo, myoepithelial (abluminal) component; Neg, negative; OEMCa, oncocytic epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma; Pos, positive; PTAH, phosphotungstic acid hematoxylin.
Cytoplasmic cross-striations are difficult to identify on routine hematoxylin and eosin sections but can be identified in some cases with a phosphotungstic acid hematoxylin.