Synchronous diaphragmatic flutter secondary to primary hypoparathyroidism in a dog

Daniela Vrabelova, Chen Gilor, Amy Habing, Karsten E. Schober, Susan Johnson

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A 3 yr old, spayed, female miniature mchnauzer was presented for rhythmic, spontaneous contractions of the abdominal wall and across the costal arches. The rate of contractions coincided with the heart rate and increased during exercise. The dog was diagnosed with primary hypoparathyroidism based on low plasma ionized calcium and serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations. Fluoroscopic exam confirmed the diagnosis of a synchronous diaphragmatic flutter. Treatment of the hypocalcemia led to resolution of the diaphragmatic flutter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-395
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • PO, per os
  • PTH, parathyroid hormone
  • SDF, synchronous diaphragmatic flutter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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