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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