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J Feline Med Surg. 2010 Feb;12(2):151-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2009.07.006. Epub 2009 Aug 22.

Skin fragility syndrome in a cat with cholangiohepatitis and hepatic lipidosis.

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  • 1College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.


A case of acquired skin fragility syndrome associated with hepatic disease in a 9-year-old, spayed female, domestic shorthair cat is described. The cat was admitted to the veterinary hospital of the University of São Paulo (Brazil) with a 6-week history of vomiting, inappetence and weight loss. Remarkable signs were weakness, lethargy and profound jaundice that had been present for 10 days according to the owner. On completion of the physical examination, when the cat was gently manipulated for blood collection the thoracic limb and interscapular skin tore. Liver enzymes and bilirubin levels were all above the normal range. On histological examination of skin and liver, Masson's trichrome stain showed collagen fibre alteration and major hepatocyte abnormalities. Findings were consistent with feline skin fragility syndrome associated with cholangiohepatitis and hepatic lipidosis.

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