How to Use this Atlas

This work was created by veterinary anatomic and clinical pathologists with interest and expertise in nephropathology and specifically glomerular disease.  The Atlas is designed to illustrate the variety and breadth of lesions that can be identified in dogs with proteinuria.  The text is geared towards an audience with training and experience in veterinary pathology and nephrology (e.g. pathology residents, board-certified pathologists and veterinary internists with interest in nephrology and urology).   There are many features that the eBook format provides which will hopefully enrich the material presented here.

First, the basic signalment and clinicopathologic data are provided before each set of images are displayed.  Many of the cases have additional clinical and historical details, which can be viewed by clicking on the arrowhead to the left of the case information.  This will provide a dropdown box with the additional relevant information.

Second, the transmission electron micrographs often have a colorized version to allow the reader verify their identification of the structures in the micrograph. Below the colorized versions, there is a bar with the names of the structures present in the micrograph.  Clicking on the name or sliding the bar from left to right will highlight the structure in the image.  Colorization of these transmission electron micrographs was an arduous task, and many of the authors worked on the images.  Although there is some variation in the tinctorial hue and presence or absence of an outline, the overall goal was to color podocytes pink, glomerular basement membrane green, endothelial cells yellow, mesangium blue, and parietal epithelial cells purple.

Third, there are multiple links to published literature throughout the text.  They should be active links.  If a link has become inactive, please contact us so we can address it within the text.

Finally, the benefit of an eBook format will allow us to periodically update the Atlas with new diseases and with better examples of some of the diseases currently described.  Viewing the eBook via the web will ensure that you are reading the most current version.  If you prefer to download the book as a pdf, please be aware that there might be changes and updates to the content at a later date.  When there is substantiative change in content, we will update the list of Publication Versions at the back of the book.  Comparison of the saved pdf to this list will help the reader determine if they are viewing the most recent version.

Thank you in advance for your interest in canine proteinuric kidney disease.  Please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns and comments!


Rachel Cianciolo

Co-Director, The International Veterinary Renal Pathology Service

Department of Veterinary Biosciences

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


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