Sonographic assessment of gallbladder volume in normal cats

Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2010 Nov-Dec;51(6):665-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8261.2010.01708.x.


We quantified gallbladder volume in 30 clinically healthy, fasted, cats, using an ellipsoid formula. All cats had a complete blood count and serum chemistry profile performed. Fasting times before sonography ranged from 12 to 16 h. The median gallbladder volume was 2.42 ml, with a range of 0.84-4.50 ml. The mean gallbladder volume was 2.41 ml. This reference range will assist clinicians when evaluating cats with hepatobiliary disease or suspected extrahepatic biliary obstruction.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Cats / anatomy & histology*
  • Female
  • Gallbladder / anatomy & histology*
  • Gallbladder / diagnostic imaging*
  • Gallbladder Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Gallbladder Diseases / veterinary
  • Male
  • Reference Values
  • Ultrasonography