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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 1997 Dec;13(3):477-86.

Cytology of the respiratory tract.

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  • 1Clinical Laboratory, Hagyard-Davidson-McGee, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.


Cytology can be a rewarding diagnostic technique in equine practice. The respiratory tract readily lends itself to sampling for cytologic evaluation from the upper to lower regions of the system. This article discusses preservation and staining techniques that will allow the practitioner to present satisfactory samples to the laboratory. General considerations for cytologic analysis are discussed as well as the specific findings for individual disorders of the respiratory tract. The proper use of cytologic findings in conjunction with other diagnostic techniques for the respiratory tract are also discussed.

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