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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1988 Apr 15;192(8):1099-101.

Ultrasonographic findings associated with congenital hepatic arteriovenous fistula in three dogs.

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  • 1Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824.


Three dogs were determined to have hepatic arteriovenous fistulas. This condition is similar to a portosystemic shunt; however, cure necessitates hepatic lobectomy instead of a venous ligature. Because of this, it is useful to differentiate these 2 conditions before surgery. Ultrasonography was found to be simple, sensitive, and specific in diagnosing hepatic arteriovenous fistulas and differentiating them from portosystemic shunts.

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