The current issue of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Association (Vol. 230, No. 7, 1 April 2007) arrived at the office recently. Of note:
- An interesting “What Is Your Diagnosis” (995–996) offers a novel presentation of M. haemofelis (although the report does not note any genetic confirmation, only cytologic).
- An article discusses “Sexual Harassment Issues in Veterinary Practice” (1007–1010), providing a review of sexual harassment law, a series of practical steps to avoid sexual harassment liability (have a written sexual harassment policy, provide training, handle complaints promptly, etc.), and tips for employees who are being sexually harassed.
- A study (1011–1017; abstract) finds little significant difference between feline blood glucose curves done at home and those done in clinic settings and confirms that for in-home curves “there is significant day-to-day variability . . . even when factors such as insulin dose and meal size remain constant and the cat is at home in a stress-free environment.”
- A study (1018–1023; abstract) reports on a rare case of Histoplasma capsulatum affecting the nervous system of a cat. Treatment included not only itraconazole but physical therapy, which the authors believe played a significant role in the positive outcome of the case.
- Two anemia case studies are presented. One, another feline case study (1024–1027; abstract), tells of a cat that presented for acute lethargy and was ultimately diagnosed with immune-mediated erythroid and megakaryocytic aplasia. The other (1028–1031; abstract) tells of a parrot that presented with progressive lethargy (among other symptoms) and was ultimately diagnosed with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
- A retrospective case series (1032–1037; abstract) looks at chronic nasal discharge in cats and concludes that it’s difficult to obtain an etiologic diagnosis in many cases. The article reviews standard laboratory tests, imaging, rhioscopy, and biopsy and finds that a combination of the latter three offers “the best chance of diagnosis.”