• Section Cover Gastroenterology

    Gastroenterology

    Head Veterinarian: Vassiliki Stathopoulou

Gastroenterology Department

Plakentia Veterinary Clinic has all the latest technology equipment and expert know-how to diagnose and treat the entire range of gastrointestinal conditions.

EXAMINATIONS

In cooperation with labs in Greece and abroad, it carries out targeted gastrointestinal exams and specialized lab tests for all ailments. The exams include:

  • B12, fTLI, cTLI, cPLI, fPLI, folic acid for the diagnosis of acute/chronic pancreatitis, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and small intestine bacterial dysbiosis syndrome
  • PCR, FCoV in whole blood, feces and ascites fluid to detect feline coronavirus
  • Acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibodies to diagnose myasthenia gravis in megaesophagus cases
  • Dynamic bile acid testing to diagnose liver diseases
  • Detection of antibodies against specific food antigens to diagnose food allergies

IMAGING TECHNIQUES

  • Gastrointestinal imaging is performed with plain radiographs or following the administration of contrast medium to detect foreign objects, and evaluate diseases that affect esophageal (megaesophagus) or gastric emptying (delayed gastric emptying syndrome associated with motility disorders or gastric outflow obstruction).
  • Abdominal ultrasounds assist in detecting gastrointestinal disorders, such as vascular disorders of the liver (portosystemic shunts), intussusception, pancreatitis, etc. In addition, a wide range of ultrasound-guided diagnostic procedures may also be performed, such as bile aspiration for culture and sensitivity, liver and mesenteric lymph node FNA, etc.
  • Upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, collection of endoscopic biopsies and examination by specialist veterinary pathologists may lead to definite diagnosis, and furthermore to successful treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Treatment of gastrointestinal disorders

  • As canine and feline gastroenterology is a rapidly developing field, advanced diagnostics and novel therapeutic regimes are incorporated in all the treatment protocols used on our patients.
  • In addition, technically demanding procedures are performed (jejunostomy, percutaneous gastrotomy assisted by a flexible endoscope and balloon dilation of esophageal strictures), ensuring short recovery period of the gastrointestinal tract and adequate food intake for the sick animal.