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A retrospective study of 153 cases of undiagnosed collapse, syncope or exercise intolerance: the outcomes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21175622     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVES: To retrospectively assess the long-term outcome for dogs that were presented with collapse, syncope or exercise intolerance for which an underlying cause is not identified.
METHODS: The clinical records of animals presenting to two practices were assessed. Dogs which presented for collapse, syncope or exercise intolerance at least 6 months previously and did not receive a definitive diagnosis despite investigation were included. Follow-up of these cases was carried out by conducting telephone interviews with the owners.
RESULTS: One hundred and fifty-three cases were successfully followed up. Clinical signs had resolved in 64 cases (42%), 35 dogs (23%) were continuing to exhibit clinical signs, although 22 of these had improved without medical intervention. In 17 cases (11%), a diagnosis had subsequently been made or treatment was being administered and 37 dogs (24%) had died. Of the deaths, 18 (12%) were considered to be related to the original presentation. The overall prevalence of death and deterioration related to the problems investigated was 16·2% of cases. Death in boxers was significantly more common than in other breeds (36%).
CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Death and deterioration are uncommon outcomes for dogs other than boxers presenting with collapse, syncope and exercise intolerance for which a definitive diagnosis cannot be made.
L Barnett; M W S Martin; J Todd; S Smith; M Cobb
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of small animal practice     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1748-5827     ISO Abbreviation:  J Small Anim Pract     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0165053     Medline TA:  J Small Anim Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  26-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, College Road, Leicestershire, UK.
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