chapter  2
Uses, Abuses, and Pitfalls of Frozen-Section Diagnoses of Diseases of the Head and Neck
ByMario A. Luna
Pages 14

The frozen-section tissue examination, performed during surgery while the patient is still under anesthesia, was introduced 100 years ago, and the technique is accepted as an integral part of the proper surgical treatment of a patient (1,2). Entire generations of pathologists and surgeons have become familiar with the method and its benefits to them and their patients. Although frozen sections may be requested by surgeons for several specific reasons, all are based on their desire to obtain accurate diagnostic information, from which they will decide on the immediate surgical procedure.