Translator Disclaimer
1 December 2003 CHYLOUS ASCITES IN A CHEETAH (ACINONYX JUBATUS) WITH VENOOCCLUSIVE LIVER DISEASE
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

An 11-yr-old female cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) was diagnosed clinically with hepatic and renal disease and euthanatized after an extended illness. Postmortem examination revealed 8–10 L of milky white fluid in the abdominal cavity and markedly dilated lymphatic vessels within the intestinal mesentery. The abdominal fluid was a chylous effusion based on the cytologic predominance of lymphocytes and macrophages and comparison of cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the fluid and in serum. Gross and histopathologic lesions in the liver were consistent with a diagnosis of venoocclusive liver disease. Chylous ascites is uncommon with human chronic liver disease and is rarely identified in animals.

Scott P. Terrell, Deidre K. Fontenot, Michele A. Miller, and Martha A. Weber "CHYLOUS ASCITES IN A CHEETAH (ACINONYX JUBATUS) WITH VENOOCCLUSIVE LIVER DISEASE," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 34(4), (1 December 2003). https://doi.org/10.1638/02-081
Received: 19 November 2002; Published: 1 December 2003
JOURNAL ARTICLE
5 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top