Multiple acquired portosystemic shunts (MAPSS) in dogs due to portal hypertension are not necessarily accompanied by hepatofugal flow in the normal tributaries of the portal vein
This is an issue I used to wonder about. When you see acquired shunts running, for example, from splenic to left renal veins….should flow in the gastrosplenic vein also be hepatofugal? That is, does blood flowing down the mesenteric vein from the guts continue into the main portal vein or does it all get diverted into the splenic vein?
I think the answer to that question depends on the severity of portal hypertension.
In this dog, below, all of the portal vein tributaries are somewhat dilated: reflecting portal hypertension but flow in all of the tributaries in close approximation (gastroduodenal and its tributary R gastric veins; gastrosplenic and its tributary L gastric) remains hepatopetal.
In other dogs with MAPSS, gastrosplenic vein flow is hepatofugal.