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CT findings of gall bladder rupture in two dogs with gall bladder mucocele
  1. Caroline Rose Gordon,
  2. Nuria Fernandez and
  3. Tobias Schwarz
  1. Hospital for Small Animals, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Roslin, United Kingdom
  1. Correspondence to Dr Caroline Rose Gordon; caroline.gordon{at}


A miniature poodle and miniature schnauzer were referred for the investigation of shallow breathing and restless behaviour, and the investigation of bilious vomiting, diarrhoea and the presence of a hepatic mass, respectively. In both cases, CT revealed heterogeneous, hyperattenuating content within the gall bladder, a defect in the gall bladder wall and leakage of biliary content into the perihepatic region compatible with gall bladder mucocele, rupture of the gall bladder and bile peritonitis. Both dogs underwent a cholecystectomy and made uneventful recoveries. Follow-up was available for both dogs one and two months later which confirmed a return to good health. CT is a helpful aid in the presurgical diagnosis of gall bladder wall rupture and bile peritonitis in dogs.

  • bile peritonitis
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • gall bladder rupture
  • mucocele

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  • Contributors All authors included have contributed substantially to the drafting and revision of this article, and final approval of the submitted article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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

  • Data sharing statement Additional patient data can be made available to interested readers upon request.

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