VASSILIKI STATHOPOULOU

VASSILIKI STATHOPOULOU

Head Veterinarian
 Gastroenterology Department

Gastroenterology Department

Plakentia Veterinary Clinic has all the latest technology equipment and expert know-how to diagnose and treat the entire range of gastrointestinal conditions.

Examinations

In partnership with labs in Greece and abroad, it carries out targeted gastrointestinal exams and specialized lab tests for all ailments. The exams include:

  • B12, fTLI, cTLI, cPLI, fPLI, folic acid for the diagnosis of acute/chronic pancreatitis, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and small intestine bacterial dysbiosis syndrome
  • PCR, FCoV in whole blood, feces and ascites fluid to detect feline coronavirus
  • Acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibodies to diagnose myasthenia gravis in megaesophagus cases
  • Dynamic bile acid testing to diagnose liver diseases
  • Detection of antibodies against specific food antigens to diagnose food allergies
Gastroenterology Department

Imaging Techniques

Gastrointestinal imaging is performed either conventionally or following the administration of contrast medium to detect foreign objects, and evaluate diseases that affect esophageal (megaesophagus) or stomach emptying (delayed gastric emptying syndrome connected to motility or functional causes).

Abdominal ultrasounds assist in detecting gastrointestinal disorders, such as vascular disorders of the liver (portosystemic shunts), small bowel obstruction, pancreatitis, etc. In addition, a wide range of ultrasound-guided diagnostic procedures may also be performed, such as bile collection for culture and antibiogram, liver and lymph node biopsy, etc.

Upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, specimen collection for biopsies and examination by specialist veterinary pathologists may lead to safe diagnosis, and by extension, to successful treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Treatment of gastrointestinal disorders

The swift developments in canine and feline gastroenterology, as well as all the latest know-how, are incorporated in all the treatment protocols used on our patients.

In addition, highly specialized techniques are performed (jejunostomy, percutaneous gastrotomy assisted by a flexible endoscope and balloon dilation of esophageal stricture), ensuring smooth restoration of the gastrointestinal tract and adequate food intake for the sick animal.