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Partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection with suspected pulmonary hypertension in a cat
- Nicolson, Geoff, Daley, Michael, Makara, Mariano, Beijerink, Niek
- Journal of veterinary cardiology 2015 v.17 pp. S354
- computed tomography, dogs, echocardiography, heart, heart valve diseases, hypertension, vena cava
- Partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection has previously been reported in the dog, but never in a cat. A 14-month-old Devon Rex cat was presented for echocardiography to evaluate a heart murmur noticed during a routine examination. The pertinent finding was right-sided cardiomegaly in the absence of an atrial septal defect or tricuspid regurgitation; pulmonary hypertension was suspected. A thoracic computed tomographic angiography study identified a partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection with the lobar veins of the left caudal, right middle, right caudal and accessory lung lobes draining into the caudal vena cava. The resultant volume overload is an easily overlooked differential diagnosis for right-sided cardiac enlargement. This is the first such report of this anomaly in a cat.