Table 4

Outcome in 14 dogs with histologically confirmed chronic pancreatitis

CaseOutcome
1Did very well apart from one episode of acute haemorrhagic gastroenteritis two years later. Euthanased four years later; heart failure
2Telephone follow-up four years later; dog disappeared three years after first presentation on a walk. No problems until then except mild recurrent gastroenteritis. Still slightly overweight
3Lost to follow-up
4Died one year later; suddenly, no postmortem examination; suspected heart attack
5No problems until development of ascites and signs of liver failure two years after initial diagnosis; euthanased
6Still alive and doing well 15 months later with occasional mild episodes of gastrointestinal signs
7Gastrointestinal signs resolved on treatment. Euthanased two years after first visit for severe weakness and cachexia related to slowly progressive generalised neuropathy.
8Euthanased one year later; severe congestive heart failure
9Doing well 18 months later on trilostane and low-fat diet. Still polydipsia-polyuria but poor compliance with medication. Dog appears happy
10Did well for two years, then developed diabetes mellitus two months before euthanasia for ‘liver failure’. No more details available
11Died on admission
12Diabetes moderately well controlled with low-fat diet and insulin. No further gastrointestinal signs but intermittent anorexia and prostatitis. Euthanased 18 months later with depression and weakness
13Did well on low-fat diet. Liver mass found on ultrasound at second visit (four years after first visit) suspicious of haemangiosarcoma. Died suddenly six months later; confirmed haemangiosarcoma postmortem
14Jaundice resolved on medical management. Did well on low-fat diet until re-examined two years later with history of acute vomiting and posthepatic biliary obstruction. Large hepatic mass. Euthanased; hepatocellular carcinoma involving most of the liver