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Computed tomographic and clinical findings in a dog with suspected liver lobe torsion, secondary disseminated intravascular coagulation and multiorgan infarction
  1. Jessica C Sumping,
  2. Erin M O'Connell and
  3. Jeremy Mortier
  1. Small Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool, Neston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jessica C Sumping; jessica.sumping{at}


A 9.5-year-old, neutered male, large crossbreed dog presented with unspecific clinical signs of lethargy, vomiting, anorexia and polydipsia. CT and blood analyses were consistent with liver lobe torsion with secondary disseminated intravascular coagulation causing renal and myocardial infarction and pulmonary thromboembolism. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first case of a suspected liver lobe torsion displaying a ‘whirl sign’ and also the first CT description of a presumed myocardial infarction in a dog.

  • computed tomography (CT)
  • liver
  • dog
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  • Contributors All authors made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data. JCS was responsible for drafting the work, and EMO and JM were responsible for revising it critically for important intellectual content. All authors gave final approval of the version published. All authors agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • 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.

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  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article or uploaded as supplementary information.

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