Veterinary Diagnostic Approach of Common Virus Diseases in Adult Honeybees

by Julia Dittes, Heike Aupperle-Lellbach, Marc O. Schäfer, Christoph K. W. Mülling and Ilka U. Emmerich

Overt Infection with Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV) in Two Honey Bee Colonies

by Julia Dittes, Marc O. Schäfer, Heike Aupperle-Lellbach, Christoph K. W. Mülling and Ilka U. Emmerich

Histopathology and feline pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity in inflammatory, hyperplastic and neoplastic pancreatic diseases in cats

Autor: Törner K, Staudacher M, Tress U, Weber CN, Stadler C, Grassinger JM, Müller E, Aupperle-Lellbach H

Quelle: Journal of comparative pathology 2020. 174: 63–72.


The most common pancreatic diseases in cats are pancreatitis and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). Non-invasive methods, such as serological quantification of feline pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity (fPLI), are often used in the diagnosis of pancreatitis. Previous studies have compared fPLI concentrations with histopathology, considered to be the gold standard for diagnosis of feline pancreatitis. However, fPLI concentrations in cats suffering from pancreatic tumours were rarely described. The aim of the present study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of an in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the quantification of fPLI in serum samples based on histopathological findings in cats diagnosed with various pancreatic diseases.

Pancreatic biopsy samples from 80 cats were included. Five groups were defined on the basis of pancreatic histopathology: group 1, normal pancreas; group 2, nodular hyperplasia; group 3, mild pancreatitis; group 4, marked (moderate/severe) pancreatitis; and group 5, pancreatic neoplasia. Serum samples from all cats were tested by fPLI ELISA (<3.6 μg/l normal, 3.6-5.3 μg/l questionable, >5.3 μg/l pancreatitis).

In group 1 (n = 19), serum fPLI values were within the reference interval in 74% of cases and in group 2 (n = 9) in 78%. Cats with mild pancreatitis (n = 23), marked pancreatitis (n = 11) and pancreatic neoplasms (n = 18) had significantly increased fPLI concentrations compared with group 1 (P = 0.004/0.001/≤0.0001). Cats with nodular hyperplasia had significantly lower fPLI values than cats with marked pancreatitis (P = 0.048) or tumours (P = 0.002). Serum fPLI concentrations in group 3 were <3.6 μg/l (n = 6), 3.6-5.3 μg/l (n = 4) and >5.3 μg/l (n = 13). Calculated test sensitivity for mild pancreatitis was fPLI >3.5 μg/l: 73.9% and fPLI >5.3 μg/l: 56.5%. In group 4 (n = 11), seven of nine cats (77.8%) with marked purulent pancreatitis had elevated fPLI. In group 4, a sensitivity of 81.8% was detected for fPLI >3.5 μg/l and 63.6% for fPLI >5.3 μg/l. Two cats with marked non-purulent pancreatitis had elevated fPLI, while two cats with marked purulent pancreatitis had normal fPLI values (<3.6 μg/l). In group 5, one cat with pancreatic adenoma and one with pancreatic acinar carcinoma had normal fPLI concentrations. The other cats with pancreatic adenoma (solid, n = 1; cystic, n = 4) or carcinoma (solid, n = 9; cystic, n = 2) had elevated or high fPLI values (4.1 to >40 μg/l, median 21.2 μg/l), probably caused by additional inflammation.

The results of the present study confirm the importance of detailed histopathological characterization for the interpretation of clinical signs and fPLI values in feline pancreatitis. Primary pancreatic neoplasms may also lead to elevated fPLI concentrations as there is concurrent pancreatitis in most cases. However, severe pancreatic diseases, such as chronic non-purulent pancreatitis or tumours without inflammation, may result in normal fPLI values.

Histopathological findings and canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity in normal dogs and dogs with inflammatory and neoplastic diseases of the pancreas

Autor: Aupperle-Lellbach H, Törner K, Staudacher M, Stadler C, Tress U, Grassinger JM, Müller E, Weber CN

Quelle: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2020. 34: 1127–1134.



Background: Diagnosis of pancreatic diseases in dogs is still challenging because of variable clinical signs, which do not always correspond with clinical pathology and histopathological findings.

Objectives: To characterize inflammatory and neoplastic pancreatic diseases of dogs and to correlate these findings with clinical findings and canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity (cPLI) results.

Animals: Tissue specimens and corresponding blood samples from 72 dogs submitted for routine diagnostic testing.

Methods: Four groups were defined histologically: (1) normal pancreas (n = 40), (2) mild pancreatitis (n = 8), (3) moderate or severe pancreatitis (acute, n = 11; chronic, n = 1), and (4) pancreatic neoplasms (n = 12). An in-house cPLI ELISA (<180 μg/L, normal; >310 μg/L, pancreatitis) was performed.

Results: In dogs with normal pancreas, 92.5% of serum cPLI results were within the reference range and significantly lower than in dogs with mild acute pancreatitis, moderate or severe acute pancreatitis and pancreatic tumors. In dogs with moderate or severe acute pancreatitis, cPLI sensitivity was 90.9% (95% confidence interval [CI], 58.7%-99.8%). Most dogs (9/12) with pancreatic tumors (group 4) had additional pancreatic inflammation and cPLI results were increased in 10 dogs.

Conclusions and clinical importance: High cPLI indicates serious acute pancreatitis but underlying pancreatic neoplasms should also be taken into consideration. This study confirms the relevance of histopathology in the diagnostic evaluation of pancreatic diseases.

A comparison of thyroid hormone levels and plasma capillary zone electrophoresis in red‐eared sliders (Trachemys script a elegans ) and map turtles (Graptemys spp.) depending on season and sex

Autor: Christoph Leineweber, Sabine Öfner, Anke C. Stöhr, Rachel E. Marschang, Karina Mathes



Clinical and pathological data of 17 non-epithelial pancreatic tumors in cats

Autor: Törner K, Staudacher M, Steiger K, Aupperle-Lellbach H

Quelle: Veterinary Sciences 2020. 7: 55



Tumors of mesenchymal origin are rarely reported in the pancreas. Therefore, this study characterized 17 feline non-epithelial pancreatic tumors, including clinical data, histopathology, and immunohistochemistry.

Seventeen feline pancreatic tissue samples were investigated histopathologically and immunohistochemically. Selected pancreatic and inflammatory serum parameters, e.g., feline pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity (fPLI), 1,2-o-dilauryl-rac-glycero-3-glutaric acid-(6'-methylresorufin) ester (DGGR) lipase and serum amyloid A (SAA), were recorded, when available.

The neoplasms were characterized as round (n = 13) or spindle (n = 4) cell tumors. Round cell tumors included 12 lymphomas and one mast cell tumor in ectopic splenic tissue within the pancreas. Lymphomas were of T-cell (n = 9) or B-cell (n = 3) origin. These cats showed leukocytosis (3/3) and increased fPLI (5/5), DGGR lipase (3/5) and SAA (4/5) values. Spindle cell tumors included two hemangiosarcomas, one pleomorphic sarcoma and one fibrosarcoma. The cat with pleomorphic sarcoma showed increased SAA value. Overall survival time was two weeks to seven months.

These are the first descriptions of a pancreatic pleomorphic sarcoma and a mast cell tumor in accessory spleens within feline pancreas. Although rare, pancreatic tumors should be considered in cats presenting with clinical signs and clinical pathology changes of pancreatitis. Only histopathology can certainly distinguish solitary pancreatitis from a neoplasm with inflammation.