EMS Technical Data Sheets

Van-Gieson's Method for Collagen Fibers

EMS Catalog #: 26350-Series    


10% Buffered Neutral Formalin (#15740) or fixative of choice.


Paraffin at 6µm or Celloidin.

Staining Procedures:

  1. Deparaffinize and hydrate to distilled water.
  2. Weigert’s Working Hematoxylin* for 10 minutes)
    1. *Weigert’s Working Solution is prepared by mixing equal parts of Weigert’s Iron Hematoxylin A (#26350-02) and Weigert’s Iron Hematoxylin B (#26350-03)
  3. Wash in distilled water.
  4. Stain 1 – 3 minutes in Van Gieson’s Solution (#26350-01)
  5. Dehydrate in 95% alcohol, absolute alcohol, two changes each. Clear in 2 changes Xylene (#23400).
  6. Mount with Permount (#17986-01) or DPX (#13510).

Stain Results:

Collagen Red
Smooth and striated muscle Yellowish to brownish
Cornified epithelium Yellow
Hyalin Yellow
Nuclei Blue to Black


Clark, G., (ed) Staining Procedures, 3rd Ed., William & Wilkins Co., Baltimore, c 1973, p.50

Luna, L. (ed) AFIP Manual of Histological Staining Methods, 3rd Ed., New York, McGraw Hill Publications, c. 1968, p. 76.

Luna, L.G., (ed), Manual of Histologic Staining Methods of the AFIP, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, c 1968, p.76.

Van Gieson, I., New York Med. J., 50:57-60, 1889.

Mallory, F.B., Pathological Technique, W,B. Saunders Co. Philadelphia 1938.
Mallory, F.B., Pathological Technique, Hafner Publishing., New York, 1961, p 152.

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Van-Gieson's Method for Collagen Fibers