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Hörner-Schmid, Lina and Schulz, Bianka (2021): Weiterführende Diagnostikmöglichkeiten feliner chronisch-entzündlicher Bronchialerkrankungen: eine Übersicht (Teil 2). In: Kleintierpraxis, Vol. 66, No. 10: pp. 594-615

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The established methods of diagnosing feline chronic inflammatory bronchial disease have been discussed in the first review article. In this second article, an overview of lung function testing, allergy testing and biomarkers is given. Whole-body barometric plethysmography is a quite novel technique of measuring respiratory function in cats. This article highlights the potential applications and limitations of this non-invasive functional diagnostic test in cats with bronchial disease. Allergy diagnostics are also playing an increasing role in cats with inflammatory bronchial diseases. Different test systems such as the intradermal test and the determination of allergen-specific immunoglobulin E are discussed with regard to their importance in feline bronchial diseases and in relation to possible treatment options. Furthermore, the current status regarding the diagnostic use of different biomarkers is discussed.

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