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RECHE JUNIOR, Archivaldo and HAGIWARA, Mitika Kuribayashi. Similarities between the feline idiopathic lower urinary tract disease and human interstitial cystitis. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2004, vol.34, n.1, pp.315-321. ISSN 0103-8478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782004000100052.
Despite all the new diagnostic resources, the idiopathic feline lower urinary tract disease (iFLUTD) is still a problem to be solved in veterinary medicine. This review was carried out to compare the iFLUTD to interstitial cystitis, a painful bladder disease of human beings. The most important similarities of both diseases which will be discussed in the review are the urinary bladder neurogenic inflammation, the role of stress in the pathogenesis and/or exacerbation of clinical signs of both diseases (human and feline) and also the findings of the cystoscopy and histopathology. However, one can conclude that besides commercial diets, the might be some other explanation for the urinary bladder inflammation in cats with lower urinary tract disease.
Keywords : cat; urinary bladder; urinary disease.