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Familial polycystic kidney disease in bull terriers

Burrows, A.K., Malikt, R., Hunt, G.B., Davey, T., Rothwell, T.L.W. and Robinson, W.F. (1994) Familial polycystic kidney disease in bull terriers. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 35 (7). pp. 364-369.

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Polycystic kidney disease was observed in eight related bull terriers. Two dogs died suddenly, two were presented for haematuria, while the remainder were outwardly normal but detected during ultrasonographic screening programmes. A definitive diagnosis was made at either necropsy or using renal ultrasonography, although affected dogs also had abnormal urinalyses with haematuria, proteinuria, cast formation and sometimes bacterial infection. Valvular heart disease was detected clinically or at necropsy in all the affected dogs. The presence of polycystic kidney disease in several related dogs suggests that this condition is familial. The disease has clinical and pathological similarities with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease of humans.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © 1994, Wiley Blackwell.
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