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The Elnady Technique: An innovative, new method for tissue preservation

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Fawzy A. Elnady
Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt

At the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, there is an increasing number of students but a limited avail­ability of animal cadavers for dissection, and student exposure to formalin is a known hazard. In order to address these challenges, a new method for tissue preservation was developed, the “Elnady Technique.” This method is a modified form of plastination, where the chemicals used are not patented, are inexpensive and locally available, and the process is performed at room temperature. The produced specimens are realistic, durable, have no offensive odor, and are dry, soft and flexible. They can be used to replace the use of animals killed for teaching basic anatomy, embryology, pathology, parasitology and forensic medicine. They have great potential to support training in clinical skills and surgery, including for clinical examination, endoscopy, surgical sutures, and obstetrics simulation.


Keywords: veterinary anatomy, alternatives, plastination, preservation


ALTEX 33(3), 237-242

doi: 10.14573/altex.1511091

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