Effects of dexamethasone on pancreatic tissue and on serum amylase and lipase activities in dogs.

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Impact Factor: 1.72). 04/1982; 180(7):743-6.
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ABSTRACT The effects of dexamethasone on the pancreas and on pancreatic amylase and lipase activities were determined in clinically normal dogs and in dogs with neurologic disease. Dexamethasone increased serum lipase activity without any histologic damage to the pancreas in either group of dogs. It decreased serum amylase activity in the normal dogs and had a variable effect in dogs with neurologic disease, with or without confirmed pancreatitis. It was suggested that high serum lipase activity in dexamethasone-treated dogs may not be attributable to pancreatitis and that the reasons are still unknown. It was concluded that high serum lipase activity is an unreliable basis for diagnosis of pancreatitis in dogs treated with dexamethasone. The data allowed no conclusion about an additive effect of dexamethasone and neurologic disease causing pancreatitis.

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