Beyond the Hot Spot: Immune-Mediated Skin Diseases
Immune-mediated skin diseases should not be forgotten about on your differential list! The clinical appearance of many of these diseases can easily mimic many of the infectious or inflammatory skin diseases. While this can make these cases slightly more convoluted, they just require slightly more diagnostic steps in order to obtain a diagnosis. We will be discussing some of the most common immune-mediated skin diseases affecting our small animals regarding their clinical appearance which may help to differentiate them. Most will require biopsies, but we will discuss different types of biopsies including how to take them and when each of them is appropriate. In addition, while they are going to require some immunosuppression, there are more options than just glucocorticoids.
- 1. Be able to identify the correct lesion to biopsy based on your list of differentials
- 2. Be able to list at least 2-3 other treatment options for those glucocorticoid sensitive patients based on the disease
- 3. Be able to determine a treatment plan for dogs with symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy