Patent ductus arteriosus in an adult amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis)

J Zoo Wildl Med. 2013 Mar;44(1):200-3. doi: 10.1638/1042-7260-44.1.200.


A clinically healthy 16-yr-old female leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) was diagnosed with a patent ductus arteriosus on echocardiography and later confirmed on necropsy A murmur was heard on auscultation during a routine examination, and the congenital defect was an incidental finding. The animal had been asymptomatic its entire life. This deformity is rarely observed in nondomestic felids and may be asymptomatic, as has been described in domestic cats.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Zoo
  • Ductus Arteriosus, Patent / diagnosis
  • Ductus Arteriosus, Patent / veterinary*
  • Echocardiography / veterinary
  • Female
  • Panthera*