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Making a Clinical Diagnosis of Pancreatitis

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  • Description:
    There are many differential diagnoses to consider for a dog that presents with vomiting and abdominal pain. One possible and common cause is pancreatitis.

    Pancreatitis is not always an easy diagnosis to make. Although serum biochemical analysis of amylase and lipase levels is commonly included in the work up, these measurements have been shown to have poor sensitivity and specificity for making a diagnosis of pancreatitis in dogs. Additional diagnostic assays have been developed including: SNAP canine pancreatic lipase (cPL), specific cPL (Spec cPL), VetScan cPL Rapid Test, and the Precision PSL.

    In this Specialty Update Dr. Elisabeth Zenger discusses findings of a study that directly compared these 4 diagnostic assays including their sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing pancreatitis in a study population of dogs and the level of agreement between the four assays. Discussion includes the takeaway and Specialist's Spin on diagnosing pancreatitis in dogs.

    Running time: 9 mins

    Member Fee: $9.95; Free registration for Premium VetVine Membership subscribers http://vetvine.com/article/181/evidence-based-update-subscriptions
  • Sponsor: VetVine
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Zenger, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
  • Fee (Basic Membership): $9.95


Featured Publications


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  • Pancreas

    Canine and Feline Gastroenterology, 2013, Chapter 60, Pages 799-848. Member fee: $5.95 - Login to purchase and download
  • Nutritional Management of Gastrointestinal Disease

    Canine and Feline Nutrition (Third Edition), 2011, Chapter 35, Pages 455-478. Authors: Linda P. Case, Leighann Daristotle, Michael G. Hayek,...  more
  • Laboratory Tests for Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Diseases

    Topics in Companion Animal Medicine, Vol 26(2); May 2011, pp 86-97. Author: Olivier Dossin Member fee: $7.95 - Login to purchase
  • Pancreatitis in Cats

    Topics in Companion Animal Medicine, Volume 27, Issue 3, August 2012, Pages 140-147. Authors: P. Jane Armstrong, David A. Williams Member fe...  more