2008 article

Echocardiographic quantification of Dirofilaria immitis in experimentally infected cats

Atkins, C. E., Arther, R. G., Ciszewski, D. K., Davis, W. L., Ensley, S. M., Guity, P. S., … Settje, T. L. (2008, December 10). VETERINARY PARASITOLOGY, Vol. 158, pp. 164–170.

By: C. Atkins n, R. Arther*, D. Ciszewski*, W. Davis*, S. Ensley*, P. Guity n, H. Chopade*, H. Hoss*, T. Settje*

author keywords: Heartworm diagnosis; Safety; Imidacloprid; Moxidectin; Echocardiography
MeSH headings : Animals; Cat Diseases / diagnostic imaging; Cat Diseases / parasitology; Cat Diseases / prevention & control; Cats; Dirofilaria immitis / isolation & purification; Dirofilariasis / diagnostic imaging; Dirofilariasis / parasitology; Dirofilariasis / prevention & control; Echocardiography / standards; Echocardiography / veterinary; Female; Filaricides / adverse effects; Filaricides / pharmacology; Male; Radiography, Thoracic / veterinary; Random Allocation; Safety; Sensitivity and Specificity
TL;DR: Echocardiography is useful for detecting mature experimental heartworm infections, identifying cats that have rejected mature infection, and detecting very heavy heartworm burdens, but it is only moderately accurate in classifying lesser burdens. (via Semantic Scholar)
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