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1 Adrenals, Lymphnodes, Gall Bladder, and Pancreas Jane MacLellan

2 Adrenal Glands In the dog - peanut shaped In the cat - more oval Located cranial and medial to kidneys  Left - caudal to the branches of the aorta  Right - adjacent to caudal vena cava Locate kidney, then fan medially with probe Hypoechoic - similar to blood vessels  Can be hard to distinguish - use doppler Overlying bowel can obscure


4 Adrenal Gland Disease Measure length and width Length with vary between animals  Proportional to body weight Width does not  Width may increase with disease Normal width = < 0.74 cm  Note: New paper suggests dogs < 10Kg normal width < 0.6 cm

5 Adrenal Gland Disease Pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism  Bilaterally enlarged  Normal shape - but ‘plump’  Thickened poles  Uniformly hypoechoic  Nodular hyperplasia  Normal size does not r/o PDH

6 Adrenal Gland Disease Adrenal tumor  Gland enlargement  Abnormal shape  Change in echotexture  Unilateral masses more common  Can’t distinguish benign from malignant tumors May be able to tell if invading surrounding tissue


8 Lymph nodes More sensitive then radiographs Medial iliac and jejunal lymph nodes  Large  More often seen when normal Normal - same echogenicity as surrounding mesentery Easier to see in young, thin animals When enlarged, more hypoechoic Can do ultrasound guided FNA

9 Lymph nodes Medial iliac  Near terminal portion of aorta and caudal vena cava  Not normally seen unless enlarged  Bladder, prostatic neoplasia Visceral  Seen when doing routine scan


11 Gall Bladder Visualized just right of midline in liver Size is variable - depending on last meal  Fasting or anorexia In cats, can be bi-lobed Things you might see  Thickened wall  Stones  Mucoceles  Cholestasis  Cholecystitis  “Sludge”  Icterus

12 Thickened Wall Wall normally thin, echogenic, poorly visualized  <1mm in cats, slightly thicker in dog Double layered - inside and outside surfaces – Halo sign Thickening is a non-specific sign  Chronic hepatitis  Cholecystitis  Cholangiohepatitis  Right CHF  Hypoalbuminemia  Sepsis  Neoplasia

13 Sludge Commonly seen  Especially if haven’t eaten recently Dependent

14 Mucocele Cystic mucinous hyperplasia Proliferation of GB epithelium Increased mucin production Marked distension of the GB Kiwi appearance

15 Choleliths Uncommon Incidental finding Should be noted - cholecystitis or biliary obstruction Hyperechoic Acoustic shadowing Mobile

16 Bile Duct Seen as a continuation of the GB Dogs - not consistently seen  Should be < 3mm Cats - more often seen  Should be < 4mm Ventral to portal vein Extrahepatic obstruction  Dilation of GB and bile duct

17 GB Artifacts Mirror image duplicate  Sound wave bounces off the diaphragm, echos off the gall bladder back towards diaphragm, reflected towards the transducer Refraction  When sound waves go through tissues of different acoustic impedance Acoustic enhancement  Less attenuation compared to liver

18 Pancreas Normal is routinely difficult to visualize  Echogenicity similar to surrounding fat  No defined capsule Less echogenic then spleen, more echogenic then liver Right limb just dorsal to duodenum More likely to see in puppies, thin dogs, or with free abdominal fluid

19 Pancreatitis Acute - surrounded by a hyperechoic area  Due to peri-pancreatic fat necrosis Severe - mixed echogenicity Chronic - hyperechoic pancreas  Due to pancreatic fat necrosis Pancreatic pseudocysts Mass effect



22 Pancreas Neoplasia  Difficult to identify  Looks similar to pancreatitis (mass effect)  Fluid accumulation  Invasion of surrounding tissues  Evidence of metastasis in other organs

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