In veterinary dermatopathology skin biopsy is the essential technique to be able to perform the differential or definitive diagnosis of some diseases.
Skin biopsy is a technique which is generally indicated for diagnosing:
- Neoplastic lesions
- Persistent ulcers, gall bladders
- Uncommon, rare or serious lesions
- that do not respond adequately to treatment
- that require long or dangerous treatment
- in which diagnosis can only be performed through histopathology
Important: where biopsies are sent from the same animal, but from different pathologies, each of the samples shall be considered an independent biopsy.
Cutaneous cytology and aspirated cytology
- Cutaneous surface cytology: this allows the diagnosis of some autoimmune diseases, and the presence of bacterial infections and/or infections by Malassezia spp, among others, to be directed.
- Cytologies of aspirated nodules: these allow information about the origin of the mass, and in certain cases a first prognosis, to be obtained.
- LEISHMANIA IIP: special staining which allows Leishmania amastigotes to be detected.
- PAS: special staining to diagnose fungal dermatosis.
- GRAM and Z-N (Ziehl-Neelsen): special staining techniques to detect the presence of bacterial agents and micro-bacteria.
- IIP for diagnosing neoplasias: Ki 67, c-kit, CD3, CD20.
- Other staining techniques: check with our laboratory about availability.