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Title: 
Effect of propofol anesthesia on ultrasonographic measurements of the adrenal glands of healthy cats
Author(s): 
A. COMBES, E. VANDERMEULEN, L. DUCHATEAU, K. PEREMANS, M. HESTA, J.H. SAUNDERS
Abstract: 

Although real-time ultrasonography is feasible in awake cats, cats are frequently anesthetizedwith propofol, if they are uncooperative or during perioperative ultrasonographic examinations.Propofol induces hypotension in cats and may cause venous vasodilation that redistributesblood volume in abdominal organs and organomegaly. In this paper, ultrasonographic adrenalmeasurements are compared before and during intravenous propofol anesthesia in healthycats. No significant effect of propofol anesthesia on adrenal size was found, and the observeddifferences were small and clinically irrelevant. Therefore, it can be concluded that propofolanesthesia does not prevent ultrasonographic diagnosis of adrenomegaly.

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