Ventricular septal defect and congestive heart failure in a common degu (Octodon degus)

Jessica N. Sanchez, Noémie M.E. Summa, Lance C Visser, Amy Norvall, Matt F. Sheley, David Guzman

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Abstract

We report a case of ventricular septal defect causing congestive heart failure in a two-year-old, male common degu (Octodon degus). The patient presented for anorexia and dental disease, and a grade 4/6 holosystolic cardiac murmur was detected on physical exam. Thoracic radiographs showed cardiomegaly and a diffuse interstitial pulmonary pattern, consistent with congestive heart failure. Echocardiography was supportive of a perimembranous ventricular septal defect exhibiting low-velocity left-to-right shunting, and biatrial enlargement. These diagnoses were confirmed on post-mortem exam, along with pulmonary edema and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, degeneration, and regeneration. This is the first published account of a ventricular septal defect and congestive heart failure in a degu.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Exotic Pet Medicine
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Degu
  • Echocardiography
  • Octodon degus
  • Ventricular septal defect

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  • veterinary(all)

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Ventricular septal defect and congestive heart failure in a common degu (Octodon degus). / Sanchez, Jessica N.; Summa, Noémie M.E.; Visser, Lance C; Norvall, Amy; Sheley, Matt F.; Guzman, David.

In: Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, Vol. 31, 01.10.2019, p. 32-35.

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Sanchez, Jessica N. ; Summa, Noémie M.E. ; Visser, Lance C ; Norvall, Amy ; Sheley, Matt F. ; Guzman, David. / Ventricular septal defect and congestive heart failure in a common degu (Octodon degus). In: Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. 2019 ; Vol. 31. pp. 32-35.
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