Evaluation of endosonography as a new diagnostic tool for feline pancreatitis

Schweighauser, Ariane; Gaschen, Frédéric; Steiner, J.; Allenspach, Karin; Francey, Thierry; Gaschen, Lorrie (2009). Evaluation of endosonography as a new diagnostic tool for feline pancreatitis. Journal of feline medicine and surgery, 11(6), pp. 492-498. London: Sage 10.1016/j.jfms.2008.11.007

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate endosonography (EUS) as a potential diagnostic tool for feline pancreatitis. Eleven healthy cats and six cats diagnosed with pancreatitis based on an increased serum feline pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity (fPLI) concentration were included. Transabdominal ultrasound (AUS) and EUS were performed in all cats. The widths of both pancreatic limbs and echogenicity and homogenicity were assessed by AUS and EUS. Finally, findings from both modalities were subjectively compared. In the healthy cats, the right pancreatic limb was significantly smaller on EUS compared to AUS. Also, subjectively, general visualization of the normal pancreas was superior with EUS and, the pancreatic margins and parenchyma could be resolved better with EUS in all sick patients. In this study, EUS findings did not alter the diagnosis in six cats with pancreatitis when compared to AUS. However, EUS may be useful in cases where AUS fails due to obesity, hyperechoic mesentery, or excessive intestinal gas.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic > Small Animal Clinic, Internal Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Schweighauser, Ariane; Gaschen, F; Allenspach, K.; Francey, Thierry and Gaschen, L.

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1098-612X

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:25

Last Modified:

16 Feb 2015 13:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jfms.2008.11.007

PubMed ID:

19097924

Web of Science ID:

000267109400013

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.38323

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/38323 (FactScience: 221006)

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