Angiostrongylosis clinical forum: a case presenting in a Terrier

Authors

  • Mark Maltman BVSc CertSAM CertVC MRCVS,

    1. Maltman Cosham Veterinary Clinic, Lyons Farm Estate, Lyons Road, Slinfold, Horsham RH13 0QP
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  • Jon Wray BVSc DSAM CertVC MRCVS,

    1. RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine), Dick White Referrals, Newmarket, Suffolk and University of Nottingham
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  • Dr Eric Morgan MA(Cantab), VetMB(Cantab), PhD(Warw), BA, MRCVS.,

    Senior Lecturer
    1. Maltman Cosham Veterinary Clinic, Lyons Farm Estate, Lyons Road, Slinfold, Horsham RH13 0QP
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  • Dan Andrews BVetMedCert, VCCert, SAM, MRCVS

    1. Maltman Cosham Veterinary Clinic, Lyons Farm Estate, Lyons Road, Slinfold, Horsham RH13 0QP
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Abstract

Angiostrongylosis has emerged as a relatively common diagnosis in dogs in the UK over the past 10 to 15 years. The disease is caused by the nematode Angiostrongylus vasorum (commonly known as lungworm), whose life cycle includes a mollusc intermediate host. Disease presentation is very varied, including lung disease, coagulation defects, right-sided heart failure and neurological disease. This forum presents a case of right-sided heart failure secondary to pulmonary hypertension caused by A. vasorum, followed by a discussion on the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

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