Comparative Ultrasonogarphic Study on Prostate and Bulbourethral Glands of Tomcat


Trakia University, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, BG - 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria


DIMITROV, R., P. YONKOVA and K. STAMATOVA, 2010. Comparative ultrasonogarphic study on prostate and bulbourethral glands of tomcat. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 16: 521-525

12 sexually matured, clinically healthy European short hair tomcats, aged from one to two years, were studied. Transabdominal prepubic sonographic approach was used. The prostate gland was observed in three views. A perineal sonographic approach was applied about investigation of the bulbourethral glands - in two views. The feline prostate was visualized as a solid heterogeneous finding with a relatively high echogenicity. The glandular stroma is with higher echogenicity, compared to the parenchyma. The bulbouretharal glands were observed as solid, dorsoventral ovoid, heterogeneous structures with a relatively higher echogenicity, compared to the prostate. The use of the prepubic ultrasonography, with filled urinary bladder is a definitive method about visualization of feline prostate gland. The applying of the perineal ultrasonography is a qualitative method about visualization of the bulbourethral glands.

Key words: prostate, bulbourethral glands, ultrasonography, tomcat

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