This portion of the website will be devoted to topics of interest to veterinarians. I will attempt to present information from veterinary or human medicine forums...in some instances I will provide a full text article, abstract and, when possible illustrations...that will be immediately of value to practitioners, particularly when frustration or simple lack of information is making difficult cases more so, and "fun" in veterinary practice less so.
The first topic is Interstitial Cystitis in People. There is recent literature on this topic which, I believe is important, as interstitial cystitis is now considered a part of the differential diagnosis in FLUTD...the often difficult to diagnose and difficult to determine the etiology of feline lower urinary tract disease (or is it a "syndrome"?). Some of the innovative therapeutics now being used in people may be adaptable to our veterinary patients where traditional approaches, particularly in recalcitrant or recurrent/ chronic cases, don't "cut the mustard".
The second topic is Early Detection and Prevention of Progression of Renal Disease......A Role for ACE Inhibitors. The page is online. I hope you will find the discussion intriguing...as I have in putting it together.
The third topic is Hypomagesemia. Mostly intracellular, magnesium is an important cofactor in many metabolic reactions. Total body magnesium depletion, difficult to measure, can occur from a variety of disorders including renal, thyroid, gastrointestinal and adrenal dysfunctions as well as from various drug therapies. The clinical results of hypomagnesemia may be multisystemic, easily misdiagnosed, and can be dibilitating and even catostrophic. Magnesium supplementation is becoming an important therapeutic modality for the treatment of several maladies, including antiarrythmia drug-nonresponsive ventricular and atrial arrythmias, renal failure.
The fourth topic, a long time coming concerns the important topic of feline cardiomyopathy...specifcally focusing on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, (HCM) may be primary (idiopathic) or secondary to other (metabolic) causes (excess cathecholamines, hyperthyroidism, acromegaly, hypertension). The discussion focuses on the anatomical and physiological manifestations, the diagnosis and proposed treatment options for Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. There is also some discussion of other feline cardiac disorders, particularly as they may relate to complications in the diagnosis (or misdiagnosis) and/or treatment of HCM.
A Clinical Neuroanatomy page is in the developmental stage and partial publication is expected intermittently and piece-meal, through Dec '03 and again in 2004. This is a tough task...so patience is greatly appreciated!
A page about Hyperlipidemia was constructed in March '02. This is a topic I always struggled with, so I decided to understand it, rather than fight it. The results of my effort, I hope is useful to other who have seen patients experiencing this disease. A topic of related interest posted in 2004 also having to do with fat assimilation, is Lymphangiectasia. Weird disease!
I tried to make an interesting, interactive page during my ambitious neuroanatomy days. While the page itsself is still an ongoing project, check out the "Neurotracts" interactive image posted here in 2004, a time when I was learning to use the Flash software.
Then, for a tad of humor only, there's the most important information about working with difficult Hair. May be there is practical information for some of our "hopeless" derm cases here.
There is another folder labeled TIDBITS which is intended as an informal presentation of anecdotal information that may spark veterinary interest or, possibly comment. Some of our colleagues are doing pretty interesting work!
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