Ear cytology in otitis externa: when, why, how?
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Otitis externa is a common presentation in small animal practice. Due to the increasing concerns regarding antibacterial resistance both in human and veterinary medicine, empirical therapy of otitis externa with antibiotics-containing topical products without a specific diagnosis should be avoided. This article reviews how to perform cytological examination of ear discharge, and how it can be used to characterise infection and target therapy in order to optimise the management of the disease.
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