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Publikationstyp: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Dokumenttyp: Originalarbeit

Jahr: 2017

AutorInnen: Dutka, A; Schwarz, B; Velde, K; Rijkenhuizen, ABM

Titel: Paradoxical air embolism in two horses proven by transthoracic echocardiographic evaluation.

Quelle: Pferdeheilkunde 2017; 33: 329-334

Autor/innen der Vetmeduni Vienna:

Schwarz Bianca
Velde Karsten

Beteiligte Vetmed-Organisationseinheiten
Universitätsklinik für Kleintiere, Klinische Abteilung für Geburtshilfe, Gynäkologie und Andrologie
Universitätsklinik für Pferde, Klinische Abteilung für Pferdechirurgie

A 19 year old Standardbred gelding and a 5 year old Quarter Horse mare experienced an episode of air embolism due to a dislodged catheter cap. Initial clinical signs in the gelding included tachycardia, arrhythmia, tachypnoea and disorientation. The mare showed agitation, selfmutilation due to severe pruritus, tachycardia with a mill-wheel murmur and tachypnoea. Echocardiography revealed air bubbles in the right and left side of the heart, the pulmonary vessels and the aorta. An anatomical abnormality was excluded by a bubble study, proving a paradoxical air embolism. Both horses received symptomatic treatment and recovered. Air embolism rarely occurs in horses. The extent of air embolism can be shown with echocardiography, which seems to allow a better evaluation of the condition and might be helpful in determining which clinical signs are to be expected.

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