Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal 
ISSN 2218-6050 (Online), ISSN 2226-4485 (Print) 

"Case Report"

Use of contrast enhanced ultrasound for the diagnosis of idiopathic renal hematuria in a dog

Pamela Di Donato(1), Tiziana Liuti(2), Jorge Pérez-Accino(2), Silke Salavati Schmitz(2), Alexis Trivino(2) and Maurizio Longo(2*)

1- Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico Veterinario, C.Festa 9, 16011 Arenzano (GE), Italy

2- Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh, Roslin, EH259RG, UK


Background: Idiopathic renal hematuria (IRH) generally occurs in healthy large-breed dogs that are <2 years old. It is characterized by recurrent bleeding from the kidneys of unidentified cause. The final diagnosis is reached through exclusion of primary urinary system and systemic causes of hematuria along with the direct visualization by cystoscopy of hematic urine jets at the ureteral orifice.

Case Description: A 8-year-old female neutered Whippet was presented for investigation of a 4-week history of chronic intermittent macroscopic hematuria. Physical examination, systolic blood pressure, extensive laboratory work-up (including coagulation profile and platelet count), urine culture, thoracic & abdominal radiographs, pneumocystogram and double-contrast cystography were all unremarkable. B-mode ultrasound showed no abnormalities apart from moderate amount of suspended echogenic amorphous material visible within the urinary bladder lumen. In the contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) study a large amount of echogenic ill-defined material was noted projecting into the urinary bladder lumen from the right ureterovesical junction in fundamental mode. This material was more conspicuous and markedly contrast enhancing in the harmonic mode. Ultrasound contrast medium has the unique property to strictly remain within the vessels without interstitial trapping or elimination by the kidneys. Indeed, the presence of the micro-bubbles into the urinary tract lumen in CEUS study was interpreted as a direct sign of active urinary tract bleeding. A diagnosis of IRH was reached through CEUS and B-mode ultrasound along with an extensive laboratory work-up and periodic follow-up of the patient. No therapy was administered and at 1-year follow-up, the patient was alive with no current episodes of macroscopic hematuria reported.

Conclusion: To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report describing the use of CEUS for characterization of IRH. CEUS could represent a safe, non-invasive, affordable novel alternative technique to cystoscopy or cystotomy for the real-time diagnosis of IRH.

Keywords: Bleeding, Canine, Kidneys, Ureterovesical jet, Urinary bladder.

Cite this paper:

Di Donato P., Liuti, T., Pérez-Accino, J., Schmitz, S.S., Trivino, A. and Longo, M. 2019. Use of contrast enhanced ultrasound for the diagnosis of idiopathic renal hematuria in a dog. Open Vet. J. 9(4), 309-312.