Chronic splenic torsion in two dogs

Jennifer M. Reinhart, J. Matthew Sherwood, Katherine S. KuKanich, Emily Klocke, David S. Biller

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A 5 yr old spayed female poodle (case 1) was presented with a 4 mo history of lethargy, inappetence, and nonregenerative anemia. A 5 yr old castrated male French bulldog (case 2) was presented with a 2 wk history of mild abdominal pain, dyschezia, and intermittent anorexia. Both dogs were diagnosed with chronic splenic torsion based on changes in splenic position, echogenicity, and/or echotexture identified on B-mode abdominal ultrasonography, as well as either decreased or absent splenic blood flow on color-flow Doppler ultrasonography. Both dogs underwent splenectomy and had full resolution of clinical signs. Presentation of chronic splenic torsion is variable, and clinical signs can be nonspecific. Abdominal ultrasound with Doppler evaluation is an important diagnostic step that can lead to appropriate surgical intervention and good long-term prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-190
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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