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Interpreting Mare Cultures & Cytology Results

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Debbie Grayson
Neonate
Username: Debbieg

Post Number: 2
Registered: 02-2011
Posted on Saturday, February 05, 2011 - 04:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

In regard to culture and cytology results, can you please furnish a list of which pathogens are "normal" and thus do not require treatment? And secondly a list of the ones that do require treatment along with the appropriate drugs to use?
How many times (days) do you recommend infusing when treatment is called for? Thanks!
 

Jos
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Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Saturday, February 05, 2011 - 07:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

With the exception of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, if there is an organism identified on culture, but no inflammatory cells present on cytology, then you are almost certainly looking at a contaminant organism. Note that the organism is not going to be considered a pathogen until it is causing issues within the body, and at that time, inflammatory cells (particularly neutrophils) will be present.

Please read our article about the importance of cytology smears for a more detailed explanation.
 

Debbie Grayson
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Registered: 02-2011
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 12:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you so much for the information. In 32 years of breeding miniature horses and doing routine cultures when indicated, I had very few positive results. In the past few years (different vet, same lab), every culture taken has been positive (with vet wanting to treat), which has made me doubtful of the results. This spring I have 3 open mares that I feel should be cultured as part of responsible "homework," but wanted to get more education for me first. Based on your article it seems likely that my current vet has not been doing cytology smears, so I will be sure to request those this time!



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