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Companion Animal Practice
Acute pancreatitis in the dog
  1. Kenny Simpson

    Kenny Simpson, a 1984 graduate of the University of Edinburgh, is assistant professor of medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. He is a diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and an RCVS specialist in small animal medicine.

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  2. Chris Lamb

    Chris Lamb, a 1983 Cambridge graduate, is lecturer in radiology at the department of small animal medicine and surgery at the Royal Veterinary College. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and an RCVS specialist in radiology.

Abstract

PANCREATITIS is a problem familiar to most small animal practitioners, yet the diagnosis can be difficult to confirm, treatment is non-specific and the prognosis is guarded because there are no criteria for accurately predicting the outcome. Similar difficulties were encountered in humans with pancreatitis until intensive research enabled an improved understanding of the pathophysiology, more accurate methods of diagnosis and predicting severity, and a rational basis for selecting patients needing surgical treatment. This article describes the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatitis in the dog, highlighting recent advances influencing patient care.

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