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Companion Animal Practice
Diagnosis of canine hyperadrenocorticism
  1. Ian Ramsey

    Ian Ramsey is director of the Small Animal Hospital at Glasgow University. He is an RCVS and European diplomate in small animal medicine, and holds a PhD for studies on feline retroviruses.

  2. Jelena Ristic

    Jelena Ristic divides her working time between clinical pathology, general practice and internal medicine referrals, currently working part time for Axiom Veterinary Laboratories and a small animal practice in Hertfordshire. She holds the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine and certificate in veterinary cardiology.


HYPERADRENOCORTICISM, or Cushing's syndrome, is one of the most common canine endocrinopathies seen in small animal practice. Although in many cases the clinical signs are fairly characteristic, the chronic course of the disease and some unusual clinical manifestations can make it hard to recognise. In addition, the diagnostic tests that are available can be difficult to interpret. This article summarises the current knowledge of the presentation and diagnosis of this disease. An article in the next issue will focus on the treatment options.

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