Skin - PCR tests

Skin – PCR tests

Species: Cat, Dog.

Specimen: Paraffin-embedded formalin-fixed tissue, fixed tissue or fresh tissue.

Container: Fixed tissue (1:10 tissue:formalin) or fresh in plain container.

Collection protocol: Surgical or necropsy collection of tissue samples.

General information about the disease:

Mycobacterial skin disease in cats and dogs is often nodular or diffuse and can be due to Mycobacterium lepraemurium or opportunistic mycobacteria. Rarely, more serious disease is caused by other species such as M. bovis and M. avium.

Gribbles Australia offers PCR for Mycobacterium testing and speciation. (Speciation may require referral to a reference laboratory in some circumstances).

General information about when this test is indicated:

Cats and Dogs with pyogranulomatous dermatitis or panniculitis and acid-fast bacteria consistent with mycobacteria.