A 3-week-old female white Bengal Tiger cub (Panthera tigris tigris) presented with acute onset tachypnoea, cyanosis and hypothermia. The cub was severely hypoxaemic with a mixed acid–base disturbance. Echocardiography revealed severe pulmonic stenosis, right ventricular hypertrophy, high membranous ventricular septal defect and an overriding aorta. Additionally, an atrial septal defect was found on necropsy, resulting in the final diagnosis of Tetralogy of Fallot with an atrial septal defect (a subclass of Pentalogy of Fallot). This report is the first to encompass arterial blood gas analysis, thoracic radiographs, echocardiography and necropsy findings in a white Bengal Tiger cub diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot with an atrial septal defect.


This is the publisher pdf of Paolo Pazzi, Chee K Lim, Johan Steyl. Tetralogy of Fallot and Atrial Septal Defect in a White Bengal Tiger Cub (Panthera tigris tigris). Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 2014, 56:12 (4 March 2014) and is available at: 10.1186/1751-0147-56-12.


Pentalogy; Pulmonic stenosis; Echocardiography; Necropsy

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