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Dermatology

Contact Information

Phone: 919.513.6543
Fax:     919.513.6563
Email:  vhcdermatology@ncsu.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Appointments accepted through referral from primary veterinarian or directly from clients.

General Information

The Terry Center

red Cross Cadeceus

Emergency Service

Main Number: 919.513.6500
Small Animal Emergency: 919.513.6911
Large Animal Emergency: 919.513.6630
Hours:
Monday-Thursday 5PM-8AM
Friday 5PM-Monday 8AM

Open 24 hours on legal holidays.
No appointment needed.

Dermatology - Autoimmune Focus


Usual Receiving Days:
Dr. Olivry: Monday
Dr. Bizikova: Tuesday, Wednesday
By appointment only

Objectives

Drs. Olivry and Bizikova specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of small animal autoimmune skin diseases, especially pemphigus and other blistering diseases (bullous and mucous membrane pemphigoids, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita). Our dermatology laboratory provides unique support to aid in the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases of animals, with the availability of direct and indirect immunofluorescence assays and identification of the antigen(s) targeted by circulating auto-antibodies. Currently, we are investigating novel modalities for treatment of autoimmune skin diseases such as the use of oral glucocorticoid pulse therapy .

English bulldog

English Bulldog with pemphigus foliaceus before (left) and after (right) immunosuppressive therapy

 

 

 

membrane antibodies

The presence of anti-basement membrane antibodies (green line) was revealed by indirect immunofluorescence in a dog with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita

auto-antibody deposition

In this dog with pemphigus foliaceus, the direct immunofluorescence method allowed to visualize auto-antibody deposition in the skin (fishnet-like green lines)