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Intravenous Urography in the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)


C. H. CARLISLE1, MVSc, DVR (London), A. S. BROWN2, BVSc, PHD, L. J. FILIPPICH1, BVSC, PHD, K. REYNOLDS1, DIP APP SC, BA, W. T. REYNOLDS1, BVSC

 

1Department of Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, 4067, Australia

2World Koala Research Corporation Pty. Ltd., P.O. Box 110, Oxenford, Gold Coast, 4210, Australia

Address correspondence and reprint requests to C. H. Carlisle, Department of Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Queensland, St. Lucia,4067, Australia.

 

ABSTRACT
Urograms were performed on 16 adult koalas to evaluate this procedure for use in the koala. Because there is only a small amount of intraabdominal fat, radiographs of the abdomen of koalas lack detail. Contrast medium was excreted more slowly in the koala than in the dog and there was considerable variation in the rate of excretion between koalas. The results of this study indicated that urography was a valuable technique for assessing renal anatomy, but there was considerable variation in the time for excretion of the contrast medium.

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