Ancillary tests for assessment of the ruminant digestive system.

J. K. House, Bradford Smith, D. C. VanMetre, G. Fecteau, T. Craychee, J. Neves

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This article reviews the ancillary tests that are available to evaluate disease and function of the gastrointestinal system. Procedures and tests such as abdominocentesis and peritoneal fluid cytology; rumen fluid analysis; abomasal pH and pepsinogen; upper digestive tract endoscopy; ultrasonography and radiology; hematologic and biochemical assessments; cytology, culture, and histopathology of aspirates; serology, liver function tests and biopsy; exploratory laparotomy; fecal examination; and microbiology are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-232
Number of pages30
JournalThe Veterinary clinics of North America. Food animal practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals


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