Small Companion Animal Liver Panel Plus
|WADDL - Pullman||Histopathology||Mon-Fri|
Elevation in liver enzymes is a relatively common finding in our small animal patients. While monitoring trends in liver enzymes can help to guide nonspecific hepatoprotectant therapy, a specific diagnosis cannot be made without histologic examination. Similarly, although gross changes via ultrasonographic studies or at surgery are also relatively common, these changes are often nonspecific and require histologic examination.
Although a great deal of information can be obtained via standard H&E histology, a more thorough histologic examination should include evaluation of fibrosis, copper, pigments, and potentially glycogen or bile. These parameters are best evaluated via the application of special stains. The additional information gained can provide invaluable information on the chronicity and activity of a lesion, complicating factors, and ultimately the prognosis.
To order this test, submit the required specimens and write "Liver Panel Plus" on the General Accession Form or online client portal. A complete history including clinical signs, numerical liver enzyme values, comorbidities, current therapies, and gross description of the liver should always be included with your submission.
The Liver Panel offers histology, an array of special stains, and a standardized copper grading scheme.
The Liver Panel Plus includes the above histologic panel, plus these additional tests:
- Bacteriology (aerobic and anaerobic cultures) (See cultures in search tool)
- Quantitative copper quantification (See copper in search tool)
- Formalin-fixed liver
- Fresh (unfixed) liver
- Bile may also be submitted for culture
Required samples must be clearly labeled.
For additional information on how to collect and submit a sample please visit our Submit a Sample page.
For additional information, please visit our Packing and Shipping page.
Submitter must write "Liver Panel Plus" on the General Accession Form or online client portal and must submit the appropriate tissues.
For online test ordering please visit our Submit a Sample page for additional information. To submit a specimen without submitting through our online portal please see our Forms page for fillable forms and further instruction.