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Effusions: where does this fluid come from: a cytological quest

Peritoneal, pleural and pericardial effusions are often recognized in clinical practice.

To further examine the cause of these effusions, several additional examinations can be of benefit. One of the most productive tests is the cytological examination of the fluid. This video will illustrate the most common findings in effusion fluids.


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Johan Van Leuven

Jo(han) Van Leuven graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1986. After his military service he started a small animal practice in his home town Mol. In 1994 he founded the “Dierenartsenpraktijk De Meren”, together with his collegue Jos Vanbroekhoven. This practice has grown into a veterinary center with 6 veterinarians and 2 technicians. Next to first line small animal practice, he specialises in dermatology and cytology. In 1998 he gained the Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. Since 2015 he is employed as clinical biologist and cytologist at Velab, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Herentals (Belgium), while still working part time in practice. He is treasurer of the Flemisch Studygroup in Veterinary Dermatology and member of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology and the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

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