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Skin swab

Contributor(s): Rosanna Marsella, David Scarff

Introduction

  • Skin swabs are an essential part of the investigation of a dermatological condition.
  • They are simple to perform.

Uses

  • Obtaining sample for bacterial or fungal culture.
  • Sampling for cytological examination.
  • Samples obtained from:
    • Ear canal.
    • Interdigital area.
    • Sinus tracts.
    • Pustules.

Advantages

  • Simple to perform.
  • Cheap.
  • Often yield valuable results.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Beale K M (1995) Nodules and draining tracts. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 25 (4), 887-900 PubMed.
  • Medleau L & Blue J L (1988) Frequency and antimicrobial susceptibility of Staphylococcus spp isolated from feline skin lesions. JAVMA 193 (9), 1080-1081 PubMed.


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