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Case of the Month

Case of the Month: January 2009 January 1, 2009

Attached are a ventrodorsal and lateral abdominal radiograph of a feline patient. Of particular importance to note in this set of radiographs is the apparent mass effect, or displacement of the small intestine, to the right of midline and ventral, giving the intestine a bunched appearance. This has commonly been misinterpreted for pathology. The appearance of the small intestine is normal for a cat, and accentuated when there is an increase in the abdominal fat content. Increased retroperitoneal fat may even have a ventral mass effect on the descending colon in some cases. My apologizes, I borrowed/repeated the lateral projection from last month's "normal" case.

Submitted by Sloan H. Dupree, DVM, Diplomate ACVR

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