RADIOGRAPHIC FINDINGS IN THE THORAX OF DOGS WITH LEPTOSPIRAL INFECTION

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to Daniela Baumann DVM, MS, Clinic for Veterinary Surgery, University of Zurich, Winterthurer-strasse 260, CH-8057 Zurich.

Abstract

Thoracic radiographs of 4 dogs with confirmed and 1 dog with suspected leptospirosis were reviewed. In all dogs a reticulonodular pulmonary opacity was noted, affecting the entire lung in 3 and predominantly the caudodorsal lung field in 2 dogs. The radiographic lung pattern described is associated with pulmonary hemorrhage probably due to endothelial damage and vasculitis. Pulmonary manifestations in dogs with leptospirosis may be misinterpreted and attributed to neoplasia, pneumonia, edema, hemorrhage due to disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, adult respiratory distress syndrome and pulmonary thromboembolism.

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