Small Animal Abdominal and Metabolic Disorders Q&A 13


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A two-year-old, female domestic shorthair cat belonged to a cattery which housed over 15 animals in separate enclosures. They were frequently rotated so that cats were in close contact with one another.

This cat was inappetent and lethargic over several days. No other cat was currently ill. This cat had anisocoria with normal pupillary light reactions in the left eye. The right pupil was widely dilated and non-responsive to light. Aqueous flare was present in the right anterior chamber and intraocular pressures were low consistent with uveitis. Chorioretinitis lesions were present on fundic examination.

The abdomen was mildly distended with a doughy feel on palpation. Abdominocentesis yielded a thick, viscous yellow fluid. On analysis the fluid was relatively acellular, containing <100 non-degenerate neutrophils, and it had a protein content of 52 g/l. Pertinent laboratory findings included a fasted serum bile acid concentration of 200 ╬╝mol/l and a hyperglobulinaemia of 63 g/l with a serum total protein concentration of 92 g/l.


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