Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

10-15-1966

Publication Source

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Volume

149

Issue

8

Start Page

1056

Last Page

1066

Abstract

Perforation of the heart, which was confirmed by contrast radiography, occurred during venous cardiac catheterization of a dog. As tamponade developed within the next hour, changing physical signs (progressive muffling of heart sounds and murmur, disappearance of a precordial thrill, fall in blood pressure, and increase in heart rate with a weakening pulse) indicated the need for surgical relief in spite of insignificant fluoroscopic evidence. Treatment by thoracotomy, pericardiotomy, and blood replacement was successful. Evidence of a bidirectional ventricular septal defect and probable pulmonic stenosis was observed in angiocardiograms made an hour after the thoracotomy. The dog was discharged in good condition 12 days later. Examination 3 months later revealed no after effects of the cardiac catheterization and thoracotomy.

Comments

Appendix 6.10 of James W. Buchanan's dissertation Chronic Valve Disease and Left Atrial Splitting in the Dog

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Date Posted: 17 December 2013

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