2001, Number 2
Vet Mex 2001; 32 (2)
Koloffon TS, Trigo TFJ, López MA
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ABSTRACTA literature review on feline hepatic idiopathic lipidosis is presented. The pathogenesis of this condition in cats has only been partially elucidated, and it is closely related to protein and lipid metabolism; stress and obesity are the two most common involved factors. Clinical signs start with anorexia, progressive weight loss, depression, and hepatomegalia, accompanied by increased serum levels of hepatic enzymes and bilirrubin. Once hepatic lipidosis is clinically diagnosed, complementary exams and laboratory tests must be conducted to rule out other pathologic processes that cause secondary hepatic lipidosis. Once these conditions have been ruled out, the diagnosis of feline hepatic idiopathic lipidosis can be reached.