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Table II

Macroscopic and microscopic parameters of Indian Ink and nail enamel on mucosal and skin margins.

Parameters Ink used Mucosa samples Skin samples
Ease of application Nail Enamel Easy Easy
India Ink Easy Easy
Drying time Nail Enamel 7–10 minutes 7–10 minutes
India Ink 17–20 minutes 17–20 minutes
Contamination of processing fluid Nail Enamel 100% 100%
India Ink 0% 0%
Visibility on paraffin blocks Nail Enamel 90% 100%
India Ink 60% 100%
Visibility on naked eye examination of slides Nail Enamel 0% 10%
India Ink 40% 40%
Visibility on microscopy Nail Enamel 100% 100%
India Ink 100% 100%
Penetration in to tissues Nail Enamel 60% 0%
India Ink 20% 0%
Interference with cell morphology Nail Enamel 20% 0%
India Ink 0% 0%

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