Tiger Stripes Sign

by Simona Morabito, DVM by Mauro Pivetta DVM, PhD, DECVDI by Swan Specchi, DVM, PhD, DACVR | 2018-08-17

The pancreatic oedema is reported in dogs in following diseases:

  1. Pancreatitis;
  2. Portal Hypertension;
  3. Hypoalbuminemia.

The “Tiger Stripes” appearance is due to the presence of hypoechoic lines in the hyperechoic parenchyma that represent the oedema in the interlobular septa.

Ultrasonographic appearance of the left limb of the pancreas in a cat with hypoalbuminemia.


  • Lamb CR. Pancreatic edema in dogs with hypoalbuminemia or portal hypertension. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 1999;13:498-500.