Pseudohypoadrenocorticism in a Siberian Husky with Trichuris vulpis Infection

Croton, Catriona ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2179-6979 and Car, Stephanie and Haworth, Mark (2019) Pseudohypoadrenocorticism in a Siberian Husky with Trichuris vulpis Infection. Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine, 2019:3759683. pp. 1-5. ISSN 2090-7001

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Abstract

An entire male Siberian Husky presented for diarrhoea, weakness, inappetence, and collapse following a six-day period of illness. On clinical examination the dog displayed vasoconstrictive circulatory shock, dehydration, and melena. Laboratory tests revealed a marked hyponatraemia, hyperkalaemia, and a decreased sodium/potassium ratio of ≤ 12.4. The baseline and poststimulation serum cortisol concentrations were markedly elevated following adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) stimulation test, yielding 712 nmol/L and 706 nmol/L, respectively. The elevated cortisol concentration excluded hypoadrenocorticism. A concurrent Trichuris vulpis (whipworm) infection was also identified. The dog was treated with supportive care including fenbendazole and recovered uneventfully. The final diagnosis was Trichuris vulpis infection with secondary pseudohypoadrenocorticism. This case report further supports a previous observation that the Siberian Husky breed may have an increased sensitivity to infection with Trichuris vulpis and development of pseudohypoadrenocorticism.


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Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2019 Stephanie Car et al. Tis is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2022 03:05
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 04:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: hyperkalemia; hyponatremia; pseudohypoadrenocorticism; trichuris vulpis; dog
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070706 Veterinary Medicine
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070708 Veterinary Parasitology
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070701 Veterinary Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3009 Veterinary sciences > 300909 Veterinary parasitology
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3009 Veterinary sciences > 300901 Veterinary anaesthesiology and intensive care
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3009 Veterinary sciences > 300907 Veterinary medicine (excl. urology)
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3759683
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/44194

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