Craig A Thompson, Amy L MacNeill
Cytology offers a rapid, relatively noninvasive means to identify lesions of all varieties including immune-mediated, degenerate, inflammatory, and neoplastic. One area that is particularly amenable to cytologic diagnosis is infectious disease. Organisms that can be seen and identified include fungal, bacterial, protozoal, parasitic, viral, and algal. Rapid identification of pathogenic organisms allows the practitioner to initiate treatment quickly, giving the patient the best chance for recovery.
January 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice