Feline Idiopathic Lower Urinary Tract Disease. Part I. Clinical Manifestations

Tina S. Kalkstein, John M. Kruger, Carl A. Osborne

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Cats with naturally occurring lower urinary tract disease (LUTD) of unknown cause are classified as having idiopathic LUTD (iLUTD). There are currently no diagnostic tests or procedures that are pathognomonic for iLUTD. Because the feline urinary tract responds to various diseases in a predictable fashion, clinical signs of iLUTD are similar to those associated with any other causes of feline LUTD. Feline iLUTD bears many similarities to an iLUTD of humans called interstitial cystitis, although the pathogenesis of both disorders is poorly understood. This article is the first in a four-part series that reviews the clinical features, causes, diagnostic evaluation, and management of feline iLUTD; Part I discusses the incidence, signalment, clinical manifestations, and potential sequelae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalCompendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999


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