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Technology

January 29th, 2019

The Regurgitating Frenchy

Unfortunately, French bulldogs (and all brachycephalics) are predisposed to several causes of regurgitation, including decreased oesophageal tone, sliding hiatal hernia, and pyloric stenosis. We could do ultrasounds, endoscopy and radiographs several times over, and still miss a diagnosis due to the dynamic nature of all of these conditions. Fluoroscopy is an ideal modality for examining these patients – they can have a meal, while we watch. From this, we can measure the oesophageal motility, the movement of the stomach through the hiatus of the diaphragm diagnosing hiatal hernia, and delayed gastric emptying consistent with pyloric stenosis.

Technology

January 15th, 2019

SUB Systems

We are seeing a run of ureteral obstructions in cats! Blocked Ureters are becoming more and more common, likely due to a combination of better detection and increasing incidence of calcium oxalate stones due to diet trends. We have been placing artificial ureters (subcutaneous ureteral bypass, or SUBs) in several cats recently, all of them going very well. Typical presentation is vomiting +/- anorexia, and a palpably enlarged or painful kidney (right more common than left). Some cats do not become azotaemic as their other kidney is still functional, so may go undiagnosed. Ultrasonography by someone trained to observe renal pelvic dilation and ureteral distension is sufficient to diagnose this, and the recommendation is usually to place a bypass as medical management fails in 85% of patients.

Technology

January 8th, 2019

Ultrasound vs. CT in Large Dogs

Have you ever tried to ultrasound a large breed dog, and just felt like you’re missing something up under the ribs? Us too… all the time, even with the best of the best probes. Abdominal CT in sedated dogs has recently been found as significantly better at detecting mass lesions than Ultrasound in dogs > 25kg. In addition, we get information on surrounding muscle and bone, and if there is a mass, a quick “met-check” CT of the thorax is easy, and cheaper than adding on radiographs. We may be suggesting this in large or deep chested dogs as an alternative to ultrasound, and option of doing under sedation rather than GA will bring the costs down too. #technologytuesday

Fields et al, Vet Radiology and Ultrasound, 2012.