Miscellaneous Stains For Elastic

There are a few other methods for staining elastic fibres, although they are not in common use. One uses alum hematoxylin buffered to a pH of around 8.0, when the hematoxylin is selective for elastic. Another uses an unusual dye, alkali blue, which includes a quite rare example of afterchrome mordanting, i.e. methods in which the dye is applied first and when the element is stained, the mordant is applied. A third is a very quick technique using the Brown & Brenn counterstain which demonstrates elastic as red fibres on a yellow background in just a few minutes. None of these three methods are mainstream.

Miscellaneous Staining Methods
Akita & Kaneko's Hemalum
Cook-Lamb alkali blue
Brown & Brenn counterstain





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