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Doppler examination in a dog with prostate gland abscess

Barbagianni M.S. DVM, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Thessaly, Karditsa, Greece
Karatrantos A.T. DVM, trainee in Department of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Thessaly, Karditsa, Greece
Gouletsou P.G. DVM, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Thessaly, Karditsa, Greece


A study of blood flow in different regions of the prostatic artery in a dog with a prostatic abscess and epididymitis.

Clinical case

A 11-year-old male Gordon Setter dog was presented with scrotal enlargement and loss of body weight. Physical, blood, and semen examination, as well as B-mode and Doppler examination of the prostate gland and scrotum contents, were performed. Doppler measurements were taken at the prostatic artery, the subcapsular artery in two different regions, and the parenchymal artery of the prostate gland.


The results of the blood examination were normal. The semen and prostatic fluid examination revealed an abundant number of WBC and a minimal number of spermatozoa, whilst the culture showed E.coli and Proteus mirabilis. Epididymitis of left epididymis and a prostatic abscess of 5cm diameter were imaged by B-mode scanning. Prostatic blood flow profile in the subcapsular artery near the abscess was diphasic with increased resistive index and blood volume. However, the blood flow profile of the other regions of prostatic artery was normal.


This report reveals that the blood flow in the proximity of a prostatic abscess shows an abnormal pattern, and may be used as a diagnostic sign.


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