Budd–Chiari-like syndrome in a dog with a chondrosarcoma of the thoracic wall
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2007
Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 175–178, June 2007
How to Cite
Whelan, M. F., O'Toole, T. E., Carlson, K. R., Sutherland-Smith, J. and Berg, J. (2007), Budd–Chiari-like syndrome in a dog with a chondrosarcoma of the thoracic wall. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 17: 175–178. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2006.00218.x
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2007
- hydrostatic pressure;
- space-occupying mass;
Objective: To describe a dog with Budd–Chiari-like syndrome secondary to caudal vena cava compression from a thoracic wall chondrosarcoma.
Case summary: A 9-year-old spayed female Shetland Sheepdog cross with a recent history of non-productive cough developed severe abdominal distension and dyspnea. Marked ascites and enlarged hepatic veins were identified with ultrasonography. At surgery, a right thoracic wall mass was found to be compressing the caudal vena cava. Fluid analysis of the ascites revealed a modified transudate with elevated protein concentration, consistent with Budd–Chiari-like syndrome. Clinical signs resolved following thoracotomy and complete resection of the mass.
New or unique information provided: Obstruction of venous blood flow can result from compression exerted by a space-occupying thoracic wall mass on the caudal vena cava. Clinical resolution can be achieved with return of adequate venous circulation by removal of the mass and alleviation of the external pressure.