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J Vet Intern Med. 2014 Jul-Aug;28(4):1235-8. doi: 10.1111/jvim.12386. Epub 2014 Jun 24.

Echocardiographic findings in 11 cats with acromegaly.

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Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Raleigh, NC.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Information regarding cardiac changes in domestic cats with acromegaly is limited.

HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this study was to describe the echocardiographic findings in cats with acromegaly.

ANIMALS:

Eighteen cats diagnosed with acromegaly at Colorado State University between 2008 and 2012. Of these 18 cats, 11 had echocardiography performed.

METHODS:

A retrospective review of medical records was made to identify cats with acromegaly that also had echocardiography performed.

RESULTS:

Of the 11 cats identified, 7 had left ventricular concentric hypertrophy, 6 had left atrial enlargement, and 7 had evidence of abnormal diastolic function. All 11 cats had evidence of structural or functional cardiac disease.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE:

Cardiovascular abnormalities frequently are present in cats with acromegaly, and a complete cardiac evaluation should be considered in these patients.

KEYWORDS:

Acromegaly; Cardiomyopathy; Endocrinopathy; Feline

PMID:
24962737
PMCID:
PMC4857958
DOI:
10.1111/jvim.12386
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