Infectious Pericardial Effusion in Five Dogs

Authors

  • LILLIAN R. ARONSON VMD,

    1. Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA.
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  • CLARE R. GREGORY DVM

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    1. Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA.
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Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8745.

Abstract

The medical records of five dogs diagnosed with infectious pericardial effusion were reviewed. Clinical signs included anorexia, depression, respiratory distress, abdominal distension, collapse, coughing, and vomiting. Anemia and leukocytosis were present in three dogs. Grass awn migration was confirmed as the cause of the pericardial effusion in two dogs and suspected in the other three. Surgery, followed by continuous chest drainage, and appropriate antibiotic therapy was the treatment in four dogs. Chest drains were removed within 4 days of surgery. One dog did not have chest drainage after surgery. Antibiotic treatment was continued for up to 6 months. The dogs were monitored postsurgically for a period ranging from 3 to 24 months. All dogs recovered well without apparent complications.

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