Investigating skin diseases takes practice and experience getting it wrong can lead to mistakes in diagnosis and treatment.
Traditional dermatology texts tell you what to do, but not how to do it. This is the first book devoted solely to the techniques used to investigate skin problems in animals. Written for veterinary practitioners, nurses, and students, it provides practical guidance on how to carry out and interpret all of the major dermatology tests.
· Colour pictures throughout
· Step–by–step flow charts and instructions
· Tips of the trade
· Specificity and sensitivity; what do the results mean?
· Pros and cons; which test is best?
· Self–assessment tests; teach yourself
Part 1 techniques.
1. Looking for parasites.
2. Hair plucks.
4. Fungal and bacterial cultures.
5. Biopsy for histopathology and culture.
6. Allergy tests.
7. Blood and urine tests.
a) Tests for immune–mediated skin diseases.
b) Endocrine and metabolic skin diseases.
8. Infectious skin diseases.
9. Diagnostic imaging.
10. Otoscopes and examination of the ears.
Part 2 Applications.
Chapter 1 Introduction to dermatological tests
Chapter 2 Looking for parasites
Chapter 3 Hair plucks and trichograms
Chapter 4 Dermoscopy
Chapter 5 Cytology
Chapter 6 Fungal and bacterial cultures and identification
Chapter 7 Introduction to histopathology
Chapter 8 Allergy testing
Chapter 9 Immune-mediated skin diseases
Chapter 10 Endocrine and metabolic skin disease
Chapter 11 Infectious diseases
Chapter 12 Diagnostic imaging
Chapter 13 Otoscopy and examination of the ear
Chapter 14 Which test to choose when
Chapter 15 Genetic tests for skin diseases
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