Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 8; Issue 2.3 (June 2020)

Page No.: 7557-7563

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2020.158


Neeta Chhabra.

Associate professor, Department of Anatomy, GS Medical C0llege and Hospital, NH-24, Near Railway Station, Pilkhuwa, Hapur, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr Neeta Chhabra, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, GS Medical College and Hospital, Nh-24, Near Railway Station, Pilkhuwa, Hapur -245304, India. Mobile: 9811113296 E-Mail: neetachhabra86@gmail.com


Introduction: Formaldehyde is not just a human carcinogen but the cause of many other unwanted hazards; respiratory distress, red eyes, etc. Occupational health authorities throughout the world are therefore likely to increase the strictness of regulations for the use of formaldehyde within anatomical disciplines.

Aim: This study evaluates the effectiveness of Phenoxetol (Phenoxyethanol) as suitable alternative to formaldehyde for long term preservation of cadavers.

Results: The soft consistency, colour and flexibility, of cadavers preserved in Phenoxetol, was found to be suitable for dissection & demonstration purposes.

Conclusion: Phenoxetol proves to be a viable replacement of formaldehyde. Its efficacy as a preservative and fixative is supposed to be better than formalin. In addition to avoiding the well-known hazardous effects of formaldehyde, the use of Phenoxetol also prevents the pungent and irritating smell associated with formalin and other local and systemic manifestations of its toxicity.

Key words: Formaldehyde, Phenoxetol, Preservation, Cadavers.


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Cite this article: Neeta Chhabra. LONG TERM PRESERVATION OF CADAVERS: SUBSTITUTION OF FORMALIN WITH PHENOXYETHANOL: NEED OF THE HOUR. Int J Anat Res 2020;8(2.3):7557-7563. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2020.158