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Diagnosis of Caroli syndrome in a crossbreed dog


This case report describes Caroli syndrome in a young dog, which presented with fever, icterus, acute vomiting, weight loss, hyporexia and lethargy. Two days after hospital admission, the development of severe ascites prompted the use of abdominal CT, which revealed the presence of a thickened gall bladder wall with dilation of the intrahepatic and common bile ducts, intrahepatic bile duct sacculation, and acquired extrahepatic portosystemic shunts. Exploratory coeliotomy revealed a gall bladder mucocoele with tortuous bile ducts. The owners opted not to follow further treatment and elected for euthanasia. This case highlights an unusual cause of hepatic and posthepatic icterus, which should be included in the differential diagnosis list of a young dog presenting with icterus.

  • hepatic disease
  • imaging
  • liver
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • dogs
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