Korean J Vet Res > Volume 56(3); 2016 > Article
Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2016;56(3):197-200.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14405/kjvr.2016.56.3.197    Published online October 11, 2016.
Congenital mitral valve stenosis in a Chinchilla cat
Ta-Li Lu1, Yong-Wei Hung1, Ran Choi2, Changbaig Hyun2
1Cardiospecial Veterinary Hospital
2Section of Small Animal Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kangwon National University
A one-year-old, 3.25 kg intact male Chinchilla cat presented with acute right hind limb paralysis. Diagnostic imaging studies found cardiomegaly with interstitial lung pattern, abnormal mitral valve leaflets without maximum opening at the end of the ventricular diastole and during atrial systole and severe mitral inflow obstruction. Based on these findings and its young age, the case was diagnosed as congenital mitral valve stenosis. Treatment was directed to stabilize clinical conditions related to heart failure, to prevent further formation of thrombus and to relieve pain associated with thromboembolism. After one month of therapy, hind limb motor function was fully recovered.
Key Words: cats, flat E-F slope, inflow jet, mitral stenosis, pulmonary hypertension
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