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Concurrent physitis and portosystemic shunts in three dogs
  1. Lucinda Jayne Meehan1,2,
  2. Hannah Hodgkiss-Geere1,3,
  3. Bernard Walsh4,
  4. Richard J Mellanby5 and
  5. Tobias Schwarz6
  1. 1Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Roslin, Midlothian, UK
  2. 2University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences, Langford, Somerset, UK
  3. 3University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
  4. 4ScanVet, Caterham, Surrey, UK
  5. 5Division of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Edinburgh, UK
  6. 6Clinical Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lucinda Jayne Meehan, lucy.meehan{at}


Hepatic disease is a known risk factor for the development of bone infection in human beings. Three dogs with portosystemic shunting and concurrent physitis are presented here and an association is postulated between both disease processes. Portosystemic shunting may be a risk factor for the development of physitis in dogs. Skeletal structures should not be overlooked when reviewing diagnostic imaging studies of dogs with portosystemic shunts. Skeletal infections should be considered as a differential diagnosis in dogs with liver disease and concurrent skeletal abnormalities.

  • canine
  • Bone
  • osteomyelitis
  • Infection
  • Discospondylitis
  • Vascular
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