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1- Department of Microbiology, Iran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Anatomy, Iran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (350 Views)
Background: Cadavers are important tools for the field of human anatomy education. However, there are controversies over the necessity of using fixed cadavers for teaching purposes. Despite the antimicrobial function of the fixative agents, some reports reflected the presence of some pathogens in embalmed cadavers; these data indicate the presence of resistant bacteria. Thus, this study aimed to collect and identify bacteria species from different parts of the cadavers maintained without formalin for 6 months.
Methods: In this study, sampling was conducted in the dissection room of Iran University of Medical Sciences. The required samples were collected from 16 different body parts of 5 cadavers by a sterile swab. Next, they were transferred to a transport media for further analysis. Then, biochemical experiments were conducted for bacterial identification.
Results: Overall, among 80 samples collected from 16 different parts of five cadavers, 24 were positive for microbial infection. Microbial positive cultures were from various parts, including interdigital space (n=5), cubital fossa (n=4), nostrils (n=4), the inner angle of the eyes (n=3), skin over mastoid area (n=3), perineum (n=2), external acoustic meatus (n=1), inguinal area (n=1), and small intestine (n=1).
Conclusion: In conclusion, the cadavers could have detrimental viable organisms which can be a source of contamination. Therefore, following Laboratory Safety Rules and Guidelines is strongly suggested. Such a recommendation is due to the potential infection of cadavers to protect the laboratory staff.
Keywords: ation
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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Gross Anatomy
Received: 2018/05/21 | Accepted: 2020/10/24 | Published: 2020/07/11