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Diagnostic tests Owner Factsheet

In order to reach a diagnosis when attending to your horse, your vet may need to take some samples such a blood, urine, skin scrapings, biopsies or faeces. If your horse requires further diagnostic tests more samples may be taken such as fluid from the lungs or the abdomen. But what happens to all these samples and how can they help your vet reach a diagnosis?

Image: PSSM: excess glycogen in muscle - histopathology
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What tests can be undertaken?

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What is cytology?

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How can cytology help the vet reach a diagnosis?

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What is histopathology?

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How can histopathology help the vet reach a diagnosis?

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What is bacterial culture?

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