Imaging findings in 11 cats with feline dysautonomia

Novellas, R., Simpson, K. E., Gunn-Moore, D. A. and Hammond, G. J.C. (2010) Imaging findings in 11 cats with feline dysautonomia. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 12(8), pp. 584-591. (doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2010.01.012) (PMID:20452794)

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Dysautonomia is caused by degeneration of the autonomic ganglia. Failure of the autonomic system affecting the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts can cause oesophageal distension and/or dysfunction, gastric and bowel distension and hypomotility, and urinary bladder distension. The aim of this retrospective study was to describe diagnostic imaging findings in cats with dysautonomia. Common findings were megaoesophagus and/or oesophageal dysfunction, gastric distension and signs of intestinal ileus. Associated aspiration pneumonia and megacolon appeared less commonly. Although diagnostic imaging findings are not specific for this disease, if findings in multiple systems are detected, along with consistent clinical signs and neurological deficits, dysautonomia should be considered among the differential diagnosis

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Cats, diagnosis, retrospective studies, urinary bladder, veterinary, veterinary medicine.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Novellas Torroja, Dr Rosa and Simpson, Dr Kerry and Hammond, Dr Gawain
Authors: Novellas, R., Simpson, K. E., Gunn-Moore, D. A., and Hammond, G. J.C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Published Online:10 May 2010

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