Marked pleural effusion causing right atrial collapse simulating cardiac tamponade in a dog

Amy A. Little, Michele A Steffey, Marc S. Kraus

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Abstract

A 16-month-old, female German shepherd dog was presented with severe bicavitary effusions. A diaphragmatic hernia was diagnosed by thoracic radiography. An echocardiogram performed prior to surgical repair of the hernia revealed signs of cardiac tamponade, with right atrial collapse, in the absence of pericardial effusion. Right atrial collapse was presumed to be secondary to severe pleural effusion. At surgery, no pericardial disease was identified. Surgical correction of the diaphragmatic hernia resulted in resolution of the pleural and peritoneal effusions. Follow-up echocardiography demonstrated resolution of the signs of cardiac tamponade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Volume43
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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