Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Skin: scraping

Contributor(s): Rosanna Marsella, Catherine Fraser

Introduction

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

Uses

Parasite identification

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

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, van den Ingh T S, van Mil F N (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 (2), 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. (Step by step procedure.)
  • Muller G H et al (1995) Muller and Kirk's Small Animal Dermatology. 5th edn. Philadelphia: W B Saunders. pp 94-98. (Detailed account with particular reference to techniques of scraping for different mites.)


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