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Anaphylaxis-related Hemoabdomen

Posted by Dr. Stephanie Lisciandro, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) on Apr 4, 2019 3:16:30 PM

 

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Animal Ultrasound, Oncura Partners

Ultrasound Findings in Anaphylaxis: Every Vet Should Know This!

Posted by Dr. Stephanie Lisciandro, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) on Jan 25, 2019 11:28:09 AM

An 18 month old F/I Yorkshire Terrier presented to the emergency room for acute onset of vomiting.  Once arriving at the ER, her signs progressed with marked weakness, tachycardia, hypothermia, and hypotension.  An initial “FAST” exam did not show any free fluid in her abdomen.  She was admitted for fluid therapy and supportive care.

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Animal Ultrasound, Oncura Partners

Global FAST Exams Can Improve Patient Care for Your Small Animal Practice

Posted by Dr. Stephanie Lisciandro, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) on Dec 17, 2018 12:53:34 PM

As a veterinary internist who has been performing diagnostic abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms for the last 18 years, I was reluctant to understand the value of FAST exams in every day practice.  However, for the past 7-8 years, I have been incorporating FAST techniques into my practice and I strongly believe that is has improved my patient care in ways that I did not expect.  FAST stands for Focused Assessment of Sonography for Trauma but the techniques are not limited to trauma patients.  Global FAST has been developed as an assessment tool to allow you to evaluate both the thoracic and abdominal cavities as well as lung. Obvious applications include the Triple T of Trauma, Triage (non-trauma), and Tracking (monitoring) of critically ill dogs and cats.  However, I recommend using Global FAST every day as part of the physical exam in sick small animal patients, in pre-anesthetic screening, and as part of daily rounds in all hospitalized dogs and cats for monitoring both medical and surgical conditions.

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Animal Ultrasound, Oncura Partners

Pericardial Effusion in Dogs: How to Perform Pericardiocentesis

Posted by Dr. Stephanie Lisciandro, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) on Oct 25, 2018 12:05:05 PM

Indications for Pericardiocentesis.  Pericardial effusion with life-threatening cardiac tamponade, generalized weakness due to obstructive shock, or respiratory distress.

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Animal Ultrasound, Oncura Partners

Diagnosis of Pericardial Effusion in Dogs

Posted by Dr. Stephanie Lisciandro, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) on Sep 19, 2018 1:36:28 PM

Pericardial effusion is a fairly common disease in dogs.  In general, dogs with pericardial effusion present with weakness, collapse, or respiratory difficulty. However, dogs may have more general signs including inappetance, lethargy, exercise intolerance, or abdominal distention.  The signs are especially difficult to detect in patients with chronic pericardial effusion.  In addition, patients with chronic pericardial effusion may have physical exam findings that are non-specific and not be helpful in detecting the disease.  In acute cases or patients with cardiac tamponade, signs may include distention of the jugular veins, muffled heart sounds, tachycardia, dyspnea, and poor pulse quality.  Abdominal distention and ascites develop in patients with chronic disease.

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Animal Ultrasound, Oncura Partners

Assessment of Small Intestine Using Ultrasound - Part II

Posted by Dr. Stephanie Lisciandro, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) on Aug 22, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Ultrasound is useful for assessment of small intestinal diseases.  In Part I (June 2018 blog at blog.oncurapartners.com), we discussed normal appearance of small intestine with tips for taking measurements.  In this blog, we are going to a look at a few of the most common findings you may see with diffuse small intestinal disease.

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Animal Ultrasound, Oncura Partners

Integrative Veterinary Oncology

Posted by Dr. Beth Overley, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology) on Jul 19, 2018 1:02:33 PM

Integrative oncology involves the use of evidence-based, complementary practices in addition to conventional, standard cancer therapies.  Integrative oncology takes a "whole body” approach to treatment with recommendations and therapies that address environment, diet, exercise, supplements, and non-traditional treatments.  While many complementary therapies improve quality of life, there is ongoing research to evaluate whether any of these treatments, in conjunction with standard therapy, may also improve survival.  

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Topics: Veterinary Cancer, Animal Cancer/Oncology, Pet/Animal Chemo, Veterinary Oncology, Oncura Partners

Assessment of Small Intestine Using Ultrasound

Posted by Oncura Partners on Jun 21, 2018 3:40:03 PM

Ultrasound can be very useful for assessing the small intestine.  Ultrasound examination can provide information regarding bowel thickness, layering pattern, motility and evidence of diffuse or segmental dilation.  The exam can be performed in dorsal or lateral recumbency.  High frequency or linear probes offer the best resolution for assessing layering of bowel.  In this blog, we will focus on assessing layering of small bowel.

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Oncura Partners

Best Practices For Multi-modal Patient Data Management

Posted by Oncura Partners on May 17, 2018 1:05:13 PM

It makes sense that information should be consistent across all of the devices and records within your practice. Primary functions such as scheduling or billing are all headache-free because of the availability of database-enabled software that helps keep related information unique with minimal effort, and it stands to reason that this should apply to patient information as well. Because a variety of advanced technology has become commonplace within hospitals, well maintained and consistent patient records allow you to quickly pull up a patient’s information no matter what device or system you are using and is crucial to ensure that imaging from multiple modalities (ultrasound, X-Ray, CT, etc.) relates to each other, building a picture of a patient’s health record.

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Animal Ultrasound

Internal Medicine Case Study: Vet BLUE Lung Ultrasound - Fungal Pneumonia

Posted by Oncura Partners on Apr 13, 2018 11:21:21 AM

“Misty” is a 4 year old F/S English Setter who presented to her veterinarian for inappetance and weight loss. She had lost 6 lbs in the course of 3 weeks. She had an occasional dry cough but no other specific clinical signs were reported. The working diagnosis based on a brief ultrasound exam by the referring veterinarian was stump pyometra.

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Topics: Veterinary Ultrasound, Animal Ultrasound