An Update on Feline Infectious Peritonitis
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An Update on Feline Infectious Peritonitis: Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Pedersen NC. An update on feline infectious peritonitis: Diagnostics and therapeutics.
Vet J. 2014 May 2. pii: S1090-0233(14)00177-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.04.016.
[Epub ahead of print]
Center for Companion Animal Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California,
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This review is concerned with what has been learned about feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) diagnostics and therapeutics since the publication of an extensive overview of literature covering the period 1963-2009. Although progress has been made in both areas, obtaining a definitive diagnosis of FIP remains a problem for those veterinarians and/or cat owners who require absolute certainty. This review will cover both indirect and direct diagnostic tests for the disease and will emphasize their limitations, as well as their specificity and sensitivity. There is still no effective treatment for FIP, although there are both claims that such therapies exist and glimmers of hope coming from new therapies that are under research. FIP has also been identified in wild felids and FIP-like disease is now a growing problem among pet ferrets.
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