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Companion Animal Practice
Complications associated with the diagnosis and management of canine hyperadrenocorticism
  1. Katie Dunn

    Katie Dunn qualified from Cambridge veterinary school in 1988 and after short periods in industry worked in small animal practice before returning to Cambridge as University Assistant Physician (Small Animals) in 1991. She has gained certificates in veterinary radiology and small animal medicine and, in 1996, started a PhD in immunology at the Centre of Veterinary Science, University of Cambridge. Although enjoying all aspects of medicine, her special interests lie in the fields of endocrinology and imaging.

Abstract

HYPERADRENOCORTICISM (Cushing's disease) is a syndrome associated with hypercortisolaemia. Spontaneous disease is the result of either increased production of adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) by the pituitary gland (pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism, PDH) or autonomous cortisol production by an adrenal neoplasm (adrenal-dependent hyperadrenocorticism, ADH). latrogenic Cushing's disease may also be seen following prolonged glucocorticoid administration. This article reviews the diagnosis and management of hyperadrenocorticism in the dog, emphasising the problem areas which may complicate diagnosis and management

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