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Echocardiography and surgery in a dog with left atrial rupture and hemopericardium.
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PMID:  2401968     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Endocardial splitting and left atrial rupture were diagnosed in a dog with mitral regurgitation that experienced the sudden onset of collapsing episodes, weakness, depression, labored breathing, and weak pulses. Thoracic radiographs showed a rounded cardiac silhouette with prominent left atrium consistent with hemopericardium due to left atrial rupture. Two-dimensional echocardiography confirmed the presence of severe mitral valve disease, pericardial fluid, and a laminated blood clot caudal to the left ventricle. A sterile emergency thoracotomy was performed, the hemopericardium and blood clot were removed, and the rupture site in the left atrium was repaired with reinforced sutures. The dog recovered from surgery but died the next day, presumably from a ventricular arrhythmia.
K K Sadanaga; M J MacDonald; J W Buchanan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine     Volume:  4     ISSN:  0891-6640     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vet. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:    1990 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-10-23     Completed Date:  1990-10-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708660     Medline TA:  J Vet Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  216-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
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MeSH Terms
Dog Diseases / diagnosis*,  surgery
Echocardiography / veterinary*
Electrocardiography / veterinary
Heart Atria
Heart Rupture / complications,  diagnosis,  surgery,  veterinary*
Mitral Valve Insufficiency / complications,  diagnosis,  veterinary*
Pericardial Effusion / complications,  diagnosis,  surgery,  veterinary*

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