A mediastinal mass causing Budd-Chiari-like syndrome in a cat

Document Type : Scientific report


1 Ph.D. Student in Anatomy, Department of Morphology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

2 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

3 Los Tarahales Veterinary Hospital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

4 Department of Morphology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain


Background: Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is considered a rare condition in cats that is characterized by the obstruction of the hepatic venous outflow tract from the level of the small hepatic veins to the level of the termination of the inferior vena cava into the right atrium in the absence of cardiac or pericardial disease, or sinusoidal obstruction syndrome. Case description: This report presents a 13-year-old cat with a two-week history of progressive lethargy, inappetence, weight loss, and abdominal distension. Findings/treatment and outcome: The radiological study was consistent with pleural effusion, as well as alveolar and interstitial pulmonary patterns. Ultrasonography confirmed hepatic venin congestion and ascites. Abdominocentesis revealed a modified transudate. A computed tomography (CT) angiography showed a mass at the level of the caudal mediastinum that compressed the caudal vena cava (CVC). Mediastinal lymphoma was considered the most likely differential diagnosis. These findings were interpreted as Budd-Chiari-like syndrome (BCLS) secondary to a mediastinal mass although, unfortunately, no further diagnostic or treatment procedures were accepted by the owners. BCLS is a rare condition in cats, where most of the reported cases occurred as a result of obstruction of the caudal vena cava. In this report, BCLS was caused by a mass located in the caudal mediastinum oppressing the caudal vena cava. Conclusion: This is the first report of BCLS in cats diagnosed by CT angiography, and it shows the value of this technique to define the origin and extent of the mass and to evaluate the presence or absence of metastatic lesions.


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