|An internet-based questionnaire was designed and publicised in the UK national veterinary press, at a national surgical meeting, and in letters to veterinary surgeons.
One hundred and seventy respondents replied to the questionnaire: 58‚ÄČ¬∑‚ÄČ2% sampled cutaneous masses on the basis of appearance or behaviour; 41‚ÄČ¬∑‚ÄČ3% sampled every cutaneous mass.
Practitioners with a greater oncological caseload or who graduated more recently were more likely to recommend fine needle aspiration for every cutaneous mass (P‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0‚ÄČ¬∑‚ÄČ019 and P‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0‚ÄČ¬∑‚ÄČ0002 respectively); 66‚ÄČ¬∑‚ÄČ5% of respondents applied suction during fine needle aspiration; 89% of all respondents used a 2 or 5 mL syringe in combination with a 21 or 23‚ÄČG needle.
There was no statistically significant association between achievement of a representative sample and syringe (P‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0‚ÄČ¬∑‚ÄČ64) or needle size (P‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0‚ÄČ¬∑‚ÄČ63).
Fine needle aspiration is widely used in UK practice, but may be underutilised in practices with lower oncological caseloads.
Survey participants reported a high rate of representative samples obtained using all the commonly used techniques.
Further work is required to confirm these observations.
Source: Bowlt, K. L., Newton, R., Murphy, S., Blackwood, L. and Starkey, M. (2014), Prospective study to investigate the use of fine needle aspiration techniques in UK veterinary practice. Journal of Small Animal Practice. doi: 10.1111/jsap.12234
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