Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Dermatology: biopsy

Contributor(s): Dawn Logas, Sue Paterson, Prof Susan Rhind, David Senter

Introduction

  • Skin histopathology is a valuable aid to differential and definitive diagnosis of many skin conditions.

Uses

Advantages

  • Simple technique.
  • In many cases will confirm or indicate a clear cut diagnosis.

Disadvantages

  • May require sedation.
  • May not yield definitive diagnosis.
  • Chronic inflammatory changes and self-excoriation mask pathologic changes.

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.
  • (2000) Nodular diseases: collagenolytic granuloma, axillary nodular necrosis, unilateral papular necrosis and cutaneous habronemiasis. Vet Derm 11 (3), 179-186 Wiley Online Library.
  • Littlewood J D (1997) Diagnostic procedures in equine skin disease. Equine Vet Educ 9 (4),174-176 VetMedResource.
  • Pascoe R R (1991) Equine nodular and erosive skin conditions - the common and the not so common. Equine Vet Educ (3), 153-159 (Good summary of biopsy techniques and diagnostic approach to equine skin conditions) Wiley Online Library.
  • Hahn R A (1984) Skin biopsy in horses. Mod Vet Pract 65 (2),122 PubMed.


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