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Approach to the investigation of gastrointestinal diseases

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Abstract

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Disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are one of the commonest reasons for seeking veterinary assistance in small animal practice. The majority of alimentary disorders in dogs are self-limiting and are usually associated with dietary indiscretions; these patients respond well to symptomatic treatment. However, in a significant minority of dogs and in most cats, an investigation will be required either because the animal fails to respond to symptomatic treatment or because it is seriously ill from the outset. This chapter will discuss in depth a problem-solving approach. With this method the clinician uses a systematic logical approach based on identifying all of the patient’s problems.

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1.11 Careful palpation of the abdomen can yield valuable diagnostic information. The clinician aims to identify normal structures and any abnormal structure suggesting the presence of pain, foreign bodies, masses or fluid accumulations. By dividing the abdomen into four sections, it should be possible to localize the lesion detected to one quadrant and then to consider what tissues normally lie in this area and could therefore be involved. Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (www.livingart.org.uk) and reproduced with her permission.

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