OBJECTIVES: To identify features of canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (CIPF) using high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT), and to correlate these features with clinical stages of the disease.
METHODS: Ten dogs with signalment, history and clinical signs highly suggestive of CIPF were investigated. Thoracic radiography, haematology and biochemistry profiles, bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage and HRCT were performed in each case. The dogs were classified as having mild, moderate or severe stages of the disease based on their clinical presentation and radiographic signs. Features identified by HRCT were correlated with these disease stages.
RESULTS: HRCT showed a spectrum of pulmonary changes and it was possible to match some of these to the stage of CIPF.
CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: HRCT is used extensively in humans in the diagnosis and treatment planning of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This preliminary study identifies the high-resolution computed tomographic features of CIPF in a small group of dogs. With further work it may be possible to use HRCT as a non-invasive tool for diagnosing, staging and therapeutically monitoring CIPF.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Small Animal Practice|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2005|