ACVIM consensus statement on pancreatitis in cats. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Pancreatitis in cats, although commonly diagnosed, still presents many diagnostic and management challenges. OBJECTIVE: To summarize the current literature as it relates to etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of pancreatitis in cats and to arrive at clinically relevant suggestions for veterinary clinicians that are based on evidence, and where such evidence is lacking, based on consensus of experts in the field. ANIMALS: None. METHODS: A panel of 8 experts in the field (5 internists, 1 radiologist, 1 clinical pathologist, and 1 anatomic pathologist), with support from a librarian, was formed to assess and summarize evidence in the peer reviewed literature and complement it with consensus clinical recommendations. RESULTS: There was little literature on the etiology and pathogenesis of spontaneous pancreatitis in cats, but there was much in the literature about the disease in humans, along with some experimental evidence in cats and nonfeline species. Most evidence was in the area of diagnosis of pancreatitis in cats, which was summarized carefully. In contrast, there was little evidence on the management of pancreatitis in cats. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE: Pancreatitis is amenable to antemortem diagnosis by integrating all clinical and diagnostic information available, and recognizing that acute pancreatitis is far easier to diagnose than chronic pancreatitis. Although both forms of pancreatitis can be managed successfully in many cats, management measures are far less clearly defined for chronic pancreatitis.

published proceedings

  • J Vet Intern Med

altmetric score

  • 10.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Forman, M. A., Steiner, J. M., Armstrong, P. J., Camus, M. S., Gaschen, L., Hill, S. L., Mansfield, C. S., & Steiger, K.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Forman, Marnin A||Steiner, Joerg M||Armstrong, P Jane||Camus, Melinda S||Gaschen, Lorrie||Hill, Steve L||Mansfield, Caroline S||Steiger, Katja

publication date

  • March 2021