Surgical management of a cat with hepatic arterioportal fistula

Phillips, A and Kulendra, E R and Lam, R and Kulendra, N J and Brockman, D J (2018) Surgical management of a cat with hepatic arterioportal fistula. JOURNAL OF SMALL ANIMAL PRACTICE, 60 (2). pp. 126-130.

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Abstract

A 9‐month‐old domestic short‐haired cat presented with stunted growth and chronic gastrointestinal signs. Tachypnoea, a heart murmur and cranial abdominal bruit were detected on physical examination. Echocardiography revealed volume overload in all heart chambers. CT angiography identified an abnormal communication between the hepatic arterial circulation and the portal vein, along with multiple acquired shunts. The abnormal vascular communication was surgically ligated. Echocardiography documented improvement in cardiac parameters following surgery and the cat continues to have no clinical signs 39 months after surgery. This report describes successful surgical management of feline hepatic arterioportal fistula for the first time.