Treatment Name: Diagnostic Tests: Abdominal Ultrasound

Treatment Type: Diagnostic Procedures

Rated for: German Shepherd Dog

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Mostly done to rule out other conditions

Vuk Ignjic DVM



Posted May. 31, 2018

The fact that symptoms of Addison's can resemble those of pancreatitis is usually the main driver behind the decision to perform abdominal ultrasound exam in these cases.
Only finding that is specific for Addisno's is reduced thickness of adrenal glands, which is usually <3mm. Despite the fact that it's common finding, this is not a reliable test for Addison's and shouldn't be used as a decisive factor in definitive diagnosis. ACTH remains the most reliable way to confirm the disease.

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