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Long-term maintenance therapy will be employed to control or reduce the eosinophilia and organ damage. High serum immunoglobulin concentrations (the fraction of the blood serum that contains antibodies) can signify a good response to treatment with prednisone, a corticosteroid given to reduce inflammation, and therefore a better prognosis. Prednisone can be effective at suppressing eosinophil production. In some cases, chemotherapy may be appropriate for inhibiting DNA synthesis, in effect, reducing the reproduction of cells. Massive tissue infiltration can impede treatment and usually leads to a poor prognosis.
Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up examinations for your cat to monitor eosinophil counts (not always indicative of tissue infiltrates) and myelosuppression (by which bone marrow activity is decreased) if chemotherapeutic drugs are being used. Clinical signs will also be monitored along with any physical abnormalities (e.g. loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea).
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
Any disease of the lymph nodes
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
A type of medical condition in which thrombus is created within the blood vessels
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
Anything that produces an action or reaction
White blood cells that are known for destroying disease and help to keep foreign substances out of the blood
A medical condition in which the small intestines are inflamed
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
A type of antibody in the plasma; there are five of them
Any substance or item that the body of an animal would regard as strange or unwanted; a foreign disease or virus in the body (toxin, etc.)
The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak
An increase in the number of white blood cells (abnormal)