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Neoplastic cytology: is it malignant and what is its origin?

A lump is a lump until its contents are examined. The fastest and easiest way to make a diagnosis in a growth of the skin or subcutis is cytological examination. Skin tumours are readily accessible for fine needle aspiration and the microscopic examination of these samples often leads to a definitive diagnosis or at least to some idea of its origin.

In this video the most common skin tumours will be discussed and their cytological properties illustrated.


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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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