Imaging findings in 11 cats with feline dysautonomia

R. Novellas, Kerry Simpson, D.A. Gunn-Moore, G.J.C. Hammond

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Abstract

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. (C) 2010 ISFM and AAFP. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-591
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

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