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Radiographic measurement of cardiac size in 64 ferrets.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19346707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As ferrets can suffer from a wide variety of cardiac disorders, indicators for detecting cardiac abnormalities on plain chest radiography are necessary. A total of 64 ferrets without heart disease underwent radiography in the right lateral (RL) and ventrodorsal positions (VD), and the lengths of the RL-sixth dorsal vertebra (6th DV), RL- and VD-long axis (LA) and RL- and VD-short axis (SA), RL- and VD- vertebral heart size, VD-length of the eighth costa (LEC) and VD-thoracic width at the eighth thoracic vertebra (8th TV) were measured to establish standard values of normal cardiac appearance. We evaluated statistical differences between genders and ferrets weighing < 1 kg and > or = 1 kg for a total of 38 items. As a result, significant differences (P<0.05) were observed in all items, including some differences that have been reported previously. In particular, the present study established highly accurate standard values for weight differences. Standard values calculated based on the 6th DV and a relational expression obtained by the regression coefficient of the ratio of VD-SA to VD-8th TV, VD-8th TV=2.887 + (0.769 x VD-SA), were considered useful for evaluating normal cardiac morphology in ferrets.
Mamoru Onuma; Hirotaka Kondo; Sadaharu Ono; Mariko Ueki; Hisashi Shibuya; Tsuneo Sato
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0916-7250     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vet. Med. Sci.     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-06     Completed Date:  2009-05-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9105360     Medline TA:  J Vet Med Sci     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  355-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Onuma Animal HospitalKoshigaya, Saitama, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Body Weight
Ferrets / anatomy & histology*
Heart / anatomy & histology*,  radiography
Heart Diseases / pathology,  veterinary*
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