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1 December 2010 Successful Treatment of a Congenital Pulmonic Valvular Stenosis in a Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) by Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty
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A 3-yr-old intact female snow leopard (Uncia uncia) was evaluated for progressive apathy, lethargy, and decreased appetite. Cardiac auscultation revealed a left basal grade IV/VI systolic ejection murmur, and an echocardiogram confirmed a severe pulmonic valvular stenosis (pressure gradient of 98 mm Hg). The lesion was managed by balloon valvuloplasty, resulting in a marked pressure gradient reduction (30 mm Hg). The cat recovered well, and clinical signs resolved. This is the first description of a pulmonary valve stenosis and management with balloon valvuloplasty in a wild felid.

Norin Chai, Luc Behr, Valérie Chetboul, Jean Louis Pouchelon, Rudy Wedlarski, Emilie Tréhiou-Sechi, Vassiliki Gouni, Charlotte Misbach, Amandine M. P. Petit, Aude Bourgeois, Thierry Hazan, and Nicolas Borenstein "Successful Treatment of a Congenital Pulmonic Valvular Stenosis in a Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) by Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(4), 735-738, (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.1638/2010-0073.1
Received: 27 April 2010; Published: 1 December 2010
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