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Malleczek D, Kirberger RM, and Dvir E

Objective: The well described oesophageal worm, Spirocerca lupi, can cause several different lesions in the oesophagus, gastric wall, aorta, columna vertebra, mediastinum and distal extremities. The aim of this study was to find, if the radiological findings of typical and atypical Spirocerca lupi cases.

Materials and Methods: Age, breed, sex, clinical signs, faecal analysis and clinical outcome were recorded in 39 confirmed cases. Two orthogonal good quality thoracic radiographs were evaluated by two radiologist individually. Further radiographs were done to find secondary changes in other parts of the body. CT of the oesophageal lesion was performed in three cases. Radiological changes were divided in 4 groups: typical and atypical radiological signs with and without signs of complications.

Results: The typical oesophageal mass is located caudal to the eighth thoracic vertebra (n=27). Oesophageal air near to the mass was seen in 20 cases, spondylitis in 10 cases. Complications, such as pleural effusion, bronchial or tracheal displacement/compression, metastasis, mediastinitis, pneumothorax/-mediastinum, mineralization, hypertrophic osteopathy, were visible in 17 cases. An atypical location was seen in 6 cases, 4 with air in the oesophagus and 3 with spondylitis. In 4 cases complications were visible.

Conclusion: Two good quality orthogonal radiographs show most oesophageal granulomas larger than 2 cm in the typical location. Nearly all complications of the respiratory system can be evaluated on these radiographs. Orthopaedic changes like spondylitis and hypertrophic osteopathy were also seen. Involvement of the cardia (important for surgical treatment) is only detected with CT.

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Alternative Medicine
Animal Welfare
Clinical Pathology
Dental Congress 1:1
Dental Congress 1:2
Dental Congress 1:3
Dental Congress 2:1
Dental Congress 2:2
Dental Congress 2:3
Emergency & Critical Care
Feline Endocrine & Infectious Dz
Feline Gastroenterology
Feline Urology/Nephrology
Infectious & Zoonotic Diseases
Respiratory Medicine
Surgery & Sports Medicine
Oral Presentations
Morbidity Factors Of Anxiety Disorders
PTT Excision Of Ear Canal Polyps
Rabies Antibody Tests: IHA vs Elisa
Hip Luxation: Surgical Repair
Surgical Repair Of Mitral Regurg.
Dental Pulp/Dentin Deposition
Ehrlichiosis Study, Azarbaijans
B. Thuring. Effects On Trichostrongylus
Growth Plate Closure Times, Kangal
Revolution, Dog/Cat Flea Control
Electrical Stim. For Nerve Injuries
BAPN-F For Gastroc. Tendon Healing
Patch Test, Dogs; Human Allergy Stats.
Abd. Adhesion Prevention, Omenectomy
Leptospirosis Study, Tehran
Ehrlichiosis, Protein Alterations
Xenograft For Femural Fx. Repair
Omentum For Tendon Healing
Pet Behavior During Bombing
Evaluation Of Silk Suture
Canine Testis Gene Expression
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Feline Interferon In FeLV/FIV Cats
HbA1c In Diabetic Dogs
Bovine Xenograft For Tibial Repair
Tibial Segmental Defect, Treatment
Bovine Bone Pin For Fracture Repair
Rabies Immunity, Tehran, Dogs
Oral Antibiotics, Owner Compliance
Excision Arthroplasty, Dogs/Cats
Ovine Xenograft For Radial Fractures
Endochondral Ossification
Intertrochanteric Osteotomy Fixation
Immunoglobuline, Atopic Dermatitis
Subclinical Dermatophytosis
Probiotic Strains
Efficacy of Revolution (selamectin)
Bordetella Bronchiseptica
Bone Cement and Graft
Femoral Head
Bacterial Infections, Urinary
Mammary Neoplasias
Bilateral Anterior Hemimelia
Adenocarcinoma, Apocrine Glands
Bone Marrow Toxicity
Carmustine, Lymphoma
Desflurane Anesthesia
Nutrition, Hyperlipidaemia
Perianal Fistula
L-Carnitine Supplementation
Poster Presentations