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Extensive small intestinal wall thickening in a cat
  1. Ana Rita Ramalho Furtado1,
  2. Jordi Puig2,
  3. Roberta Rasotto2 and
  4. Mauro Pivetta3
  1. 1Swayne and Partners, Newmarket, Suffolk, UK
  2. 2Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, Suffolk, UK
  3. 3NDSR, Bletchingley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ana Rita Ramalho Furtado, rita.ramalho.furtado{at}gmail.com

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A two-year-old domestic shorthair cat presented for investigation of a six-month history of intermittent vomiting, weight loss, hyporexia and lethargy. Abdominal ultrasound was performed and revealed extensive small intestinal wall thickening (average thickness measured 8 mm) with preserved layering. In particular, there was marked thickening of the muscularis propria layer (variable thickness from 4 to 5 mm) with normal mucosal and submucosal layers (Daniaux and others 2014), Overall, there was normal intestinal peristaltic activity and no evidence of intestinal obstruction.

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