Thiel embalming fluid-a new way to revive formalin-fixed cadaveric specimens

Amanda Hunter (Lead / Corresponding author), Roos Eisma, Clare Lamb

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By soft fixing cadavers using the Thiel embalming method, our cadavers now exhibit a greater degree of flexibility and color retention compared to that of traditional formalin-fixed cadavers. The aim of this experiment was to discover whether Thiel embalming fluid could be used to revive and soften the muscles of formalin-fixed prosected specimens. Earlier this year, two severely dehydrated formalin-fixed forearm and hand specimens were fully submerged in a tank containing Thiel embalming fluid. After a period of six months the specimens were removed from the tank and noticeable changes were observed in flexibility, quality of the tissue, and color of the specimens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-855
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number6
Early online date17 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


  • Thiel
  • Dehydrated
  • Anatomy
  • Flexibility
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Color
  • Retention


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