Improve your technique for fine needle aspiration

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Greater use of ultrasonography has led to an increase in fine needle aspiration of abdominal organs in veterinary practice. This article in the Journal of Small Animal Practice reviews current recommendations for achieving a diagnostic sample.

With the improved accessibility to ultrasound, fine needle aspiration of abdominal organs is now performed frequently in many veterinary practices. Despite this, there are many ‘unknowns’ when it comes to the best method to produce a high-quality sample. This report from Drs Liffman and Courtman from the University of Melbourne begins by highlighting recent literature on the risks and benefits of abdominal fine needle aspiration. It follows with recommendations about the equipment and method best suited to the procedure, including needle and syringe size and aspiration versus non-aspiration techniques. Various smear preparations and laboratory submission requirements are also discussed. The authors go on to discuss fine needle aspiration of specific abdominal organs: the liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, urinary bladder, prostate and abdominal lymph nodes.

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Journal of Small Animal Practice, the official scientific journal of the WSAVA, disseminates new ideas and techniques relating to clinical veterinary practice to promote best practice. A discounted personal subscription is available to WSAVA members and JSAP also publishes WSAVA Standardization Guidelines and an annual online collection of international articles, both of which are freely available to WSAVA members.

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