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Ultrasonographic findings in a cow with extra-hepatic cholestasis and cholangitis


Braun, Ueli; Götz, M; Guscetti, Franco (1994). Ultrasonographic findings in a cow with extra-hepatic cholestasis and cholangitis. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 136(8):275-279.

Abstract

This case report describes a 6-year-old Holstein Friesian cow with extrahepatic cholestasis. The most prominent clinical signs were disturbed general condition and behaviour, icterus, yellowish brown urine, and bilirubinuria. An increased concentration of serum bilirubin and an increase in hepatic enzyme activity were the most important laboratory findings. Ultrasonographic examination of the liver and gall bladder revealed severe bile stasis. The intrahepatic bile ducts, the cystic duct, and the gall bladder were severely dilated. Histological examination of a liver biopsy revealed cholestasis, cholangitis, and acute hepatosis. A liver abscess was also found at post mortem examination. It was assumed that cholestasis was caused by the inflammatory products resulting from cholangitis.

Abstract

This case report describes a 6-year-old Holstein Friesian cow with extrahepatic cholestasis. The most prominent clinical signs were disturbed general condition and behaviour, icterus, yellowish brown urine, and bilirubinuria. An increased concentration of serum bilirubin and an increase in hepatic enzyme activity were the most important laboratory findings. Ultrasonographic examination of the liver and gall bladder revealed severe bile stasis. The intrahepatic bile ducts, the cystic duct, and the gall bladder were severely dilated. Histological examination of a liver biopsy revealed cholestasis, cholangitis, and acute hepatosis. A liver abscess was also found at post mortem examination. It was assumed that cholestasis was caused by the inflammatory products resulting from cholangitis.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Pathology
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:1994
Deposited On:29 Jan 2019 17:52
Last Modified:29 Jan 2019 17:52
Publisher:Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte
ISSN:0036-7281
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
PubMed ID:8091182

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