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Companion Animal Practice
Cytological and biochemical assessment of pleural and peritoneal effusions
  1. John Dunn

    John Dunn is a lecturer in small animal medicine and clinical pathology at the University of Cambridge veterinary school. His main interests include all aspects of internal medicine, comparative haematology, clinical immunology and diagnostic cytology. He is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Companion Animals) and holds the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine.

  2. Elizabeth Villiers

    Elizabeth Villiers graduated from Bristol veterinary school in 1989. After five years in small animal practice, she completed a threeyear residency in clinical pathology and oncology at the Cambridge veterinary school. She is now a cytologist/clinical pathologist at Idexx Laboratories, Wetherby.


SIMPLE cytological techniques, as discussed in the previous two issues (July/August 1998, pages 370-377; September 1998, pages 429-437), can be used to determine the pathological processes that cause effusions in animals. This article describes the collection, handling and laboratory examination of pleural and peritoneal effusions in the dog and cat.

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