Craniovental parenchymal pattern (CVP)

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  • View:
    Lateral and VD

  • Defining characteristics:
    An abnormal test correlates with the presence of an increased opacity within the cranioventral region of the lungs (right cranial lung lobe, right middle lung lobe, and/or left cranial lung lobe), often with an interstitial and/or alveolar pattern

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  • Common differential diagnoses:
    Pneumonia (aspiration vs bacterial/fungal), pulmonary hemorrhage/contusion, atelectasis, neoplasia

  • Helpful additional data:
    Has there been any vomiting or regurgitation? Has there been any trauma? Has there been exposure to rodenticide? Was the patient recently anesthetized? Is the patient recumbent?

  • Commonly associated diagnostics:
    Consider thoracic ultrasound if available, consider *SignalCare MDB

  • Commonly associated treatments:
    Based on *SignalCare MDB and physical exam findings, discuss antibiotic therapy, +/- oxygen therapy

  • Commonly associated home care:
    Depending on the cause, monitor for increased respiratory effort and labored breathing


*SignalCare MDB = CBC/Chemistry/Urinalysis/Thoracic Ultrasound/Abdominal Ultrasound