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Ultrasonographic evaluation of the size of the adrenal glands of 24 diseased cats without endocrinopathies
  1. A. Zatelli, DVM1,
  2. P. D'Ippolito, DVM1,
  3. I. Fiore, DVM1 and
  4. E. Zini, DVM2
  1. 1 Clinica Veterinaria Pirani, Via Majakowski 2/L,M,N, 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy
  2. 2 Department of Animal Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Torino, Via L. da Vinci 44, 10095 Grugliasco (TO), Italy


The ultrasonographic measurements of the adrenal glands of 24 diseased cats without a clinically or laboratory identifiable endocrinopathy were evaluated retrospectively. The mean (sd) thickness of the left adrenal glands was 3·8 (0·8) mm and their mean length was 11·3 (2·8) mm; the thickness of the right glands was 4·5 (1·0) mm and their length was 9·8 (2·4) mm. The products of thickness and length were 43·9 (20·2) mm2 for the left gland and 45·7 (19·7) mm2 for the right gland. There were no significant correlations between the bodyweight, body surface area or body condition scores of the cats and the thickness, length or the product of thickness and length of either gland.

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