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Inaccuracy of serum bile acids to predict closure after surgical attenuation of a portosystemic shunt
  1. Nausikaa Devriendt1,
  2. Eva Vandermeulen2,
  3. Matan Or1,
  4. Dominique Paepe1 and
  5. Hilde de Rooster1
  1. 1 Small Animal Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiteit Gent Faculteit Diergeneeskunde, Merelbeke, Belgium
  2. 2 Department of Medical Imaging of Domestic Animals, Universiteit Gent Faculteit Diergeneeskunde, Merelbeke, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Nausikaa Devriendt; Nausikaa.Devriendt{at}Ugent.be

Abstract

A four-month-old entire female miniature schnauzer became clinically normal after surgical attenuation of a portosystemic shunt was conducted using thin film banding. Postoperatively, preprandial and postprandial serum bile acids were within normal limits at repeated occasions. On the contrary, trans-splenic portal scintigraphy at 3 and at 28 months postoperatively showed a shunt fraction of 7 and 89 per cent, respectively. This case report illustrates that preprandial and postprandial serum bile acids are not always reliable in determining shunt closure after surgical attenuation.

  • dogs
  • liver
  • surgery

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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