Stanley has Cushing's disease. Is Stanley a Beagle? A Dachshund? A Yorkie? No, Stanley is a DSH house cat and take a look what his adrenal was doing and how the disease progressed but still allowed Stanley to have some quality time. "Give adrenals a chance."
Imaging and clinical interpretation by Eric Lindquist DMV, DABVP.
History: A 13-year-old FS DSH cat was presented for the evaluation of polyuria and polydipsia of several months’ duration. The serum biochemical profile revealed marked hyperglycemia. The CBC showed a low RBC count, lymphopenia, and a monocytosis. The TT4 and free T4 were within normal limits. A fructosamine level was high. The urinalysis showed glucosuria, and hematuria. The urine culture was negative for bacterial growth. A fructosamine level was repeated a few months later and still showed an elevated fructosamine. Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 was normal, and a diagnosis of acromegaly was considered unlikely. A recheck of the blood work revealed hyperglycemia, hyperphosphatemia, hypokalemia and hyperlipasemia. The CBC showed elevations of the MCH and MCHC, as well as thrombocytopenia. The results of an ACTH stimulation were suggestive of hyperadrenocorticism. The urine had a turbid appearance on the urinalysis and showed proteinuria, hematuria, and elevated RBCs microscopically. The urine culture was negative. Vitamin B12, folate concentrations were performed and the vitamin B12 was within the normal reference range, while the folate was increased. High fTLI and a high PLI were also present. Fructosamine levels were now within normal limits.
Clinical Differential Diagnosis
The adrenal gland in this patient has grown from size from 2 – 2.5cm. Caval invasion through phrenic vein has occurred at increased distance of 7cm and approximately 1.5cm from the diaphragmatic inlet in the vena cava.”