PULMONARY INFILTRATION WITH EOSINOPHILS IN 14 DOGS

Brendan Corcoran, Keith Thoday, J I HENFREY, J W SIMPSON, A G BURNIE, C T MOONEY

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Abstract

Pulmonary infiltration with eosinophils was diagnosed in 14 dogs, whose age ranged from three months to 13 years. The predominant clinical sign was coughing. Dyspnoea, tachypnoea and pruritus were also observed. An absolute circulating eosinophilia was seen in eight dogs and basophilia in five dogs. Thoracic radiographic changes were variable and were not diagnostic. Bronchoscopic evidence of mild to severe bronchitis was present in 12 dogs. Abnormal numbers of eosinophils were found in bronchoalveolar lavage samples and, or, bronchial washings in all 14 cases, but no significant bacteria were recovered. Respiratory compliance was measured in five dogs and was abnormal in three. Faecal examination for helminth parasites was carried out in four cases, a large ascarid burden being identified in one. Intradermal skin testing was carried out in three dogs but was negative in all cases. Complete remission of signs was achieved with prednisolone in 12 cases with six dogs requiring continuous or repeated treatment Three dogs died as a direct consequence of progression of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-502
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Volume32
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1991

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