Congenital portopulmonary shunt in a cat

K. Terai, K. Ishigaki, Y. Sakamoto, N. Sakurai, T. Heishima, O. Yoshida, M. Sakai, K. Asano

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A 9-year-old spayed female crossbreed cat with chief complaints of anorexia and hypersalivation had high serum concentrations of ammonia and fasting and postprandial total bile acid. Therefore, she was referred to our hospital. On the first evaluation, haematology, serum chemistry, radiography and ultrasonography findings suggested that she had a congenital portosystemic shunt. CT revealed a shunt vessel from the left gastric vein to the left pulmonary vein. During median celiotomy and sternotomy, gross findings and mesenteric portography revealed abnormal vessel shunting from the left gastric vein to the left pulmonary vein. Complete ligation of the shunt vessel was achieved. She recovered without any complications. Postoperative serum chemistry revealed that ammonia and total bile acid levels decreased to within the reference intervals. This report is the first to describe the clinical features and surgical outcome of a cat with a congenital portopulmonary shunt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-847
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


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