Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Skin scrape

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd , Catherine Fraser

Introduction

  • Essential diagnostic test in almost all cases of skin disease.

Uses

Parasite identification

  • Demodex spp.
  • Sarcoptes spp. Mites: overview
  • Chorioptes spp Chorioptes bovis.
  • Psoroptes spp.
  • Psorobia spp (Psorergates spp).
  • Trombicula autumnalis.
  • Forage mites
  • Sarcassania berlesei.
  • Parafilaria bovicola.
  • Stephanofilaria spp.

Advantages

  • Cheap, effective diagnostic aid.
  • Part of minimal work-up for all cases of canine skin disease.

Disadvantages

  • Negative findings do not rule out sarcoptic mange.
  • Numerous scrapings often required (at least 10-15).

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Vos J H et al (1989) Non-exfoliative canine cytology - the value of fine needle aspiration and scraping cytology. Vet Q 11 (4), 222-231 PubMed.
  • Smith E K (1988) How to detect common skin mites through skin scrapings. Vet Med 83, 165-170 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Moriello K A & Mason I S (eds) (1995) Handbook of Small Animal Dermatology. 1st edn. Pergamon. pp 31-33.
  • Muller G H et al (1995) Muller and Kirk's Small Animal Dermatology. 5th edn. Philadelphia: W B Saunders. pp 94-98.


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