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Abdominal ultrasonographic evaluation of the ONCILLA (Leopardus tigrinus - Schereber, 1775), normal aspects

Grant number: 12/01344-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine
Principal Investigator:Maria Jaqueline Mamprim de Arruda Monteiro
Grantee:Thiago Rinaldi Muller
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia (FMVZ). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil


The oncilla (L. tigrinus) is considered an endangered species in the Brazilian territory, being more vulnerable in some regions. Collecting information of this species is essential to provide knowledge about it peculiarities and help to reverse the current frame. Searches related to diagnostic imaging in the oncilla are rare as well as knowledge of their anatomy and diseases. Therefore, the abdominal ultrasound study of this species will provide a source of normality parameters, which can be used to diagnose diseases, contributing to the preservation and maintenance of the species. 20 healthy oncilla will be selected for the abdominal ultrasound examination in order to obtain normal parameters of bladder, spleen, adrenal, kidney, stomach, intestines, liver and gallbladder, and Doppler parameters hepatic and renal vessels. The aim of this study is to describe the abdominal anatomy of the oncilla by ultrasonography. This study will provide information of normal abdominal anatomical structures which can be basis for the study of diseases that cause abdominal involvement and to assist in the routine of centers of veterinary medicine in wild animals and/or cats.