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Liver lobe torsion in a cat with diaphragmatic hernia
  1. Vassiliki Tsioli1,
  2. Evgenia Flouraki1,
  3. Irene Mavraki2,
  4. Christoforos Venieris3 and
  5. Theodora Zacharopoulou1
  1. 1Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Thessaly, Karditsa, Greece
  2. 2Vets for Life, Veterinary Clinic, Athens, Greece
  3. 3Vet Ultrasound, Athens, Greece
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vassiliki Tsioli; vtsioli{at}


A 10-year-old neutered male domestic shorthair cat was referred with a 2-week history of dyspnoea and anorexia following injury in a car accident. Thoracic radiography and ultrasonography revealed a diaphragmatic hernia. A midline coeliotomy revealed a centrally located hernia ventral to the caudal vena cava. Hernia reduction required incision of the hernia ring. Displaced organs included the duodenum; jejunum; ascending and transverse colon; and right, caudate and quadrate liver lobes. After reduction of the abdominal organs, a torsion of the right medial and quadrate liver lobes was identified. Lobectomy was performed followed by herniorrhaphy. The cat had an uneventful recovery and was clinically normal on re-examination 1, 6, 12 and 24 months following the surgery.

  • cat
  • diaphragmatic hernia
  • liver lobe torsion
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