Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Pecuarias
Print version ISSN 0120-0690
PEREZ R, Paula C and OROZCO P, Sonia C. Recurrent pericardial effusions in a labrador with a right atrial mass: A case report. Rev Colom Cienc Pecua [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.2, pp. 217-225. ISSN 0120-0690.
This report describes a case of a nine-year-old Labrador that was presented to consultation with signs of anorexia, abdominal distension by ascitis, depression and exercise intolerance. A physical examination revealed low audible cardiac sounds, a weak femoral pulse, tachycardia, taquipnea and the presence of jugular pulse. Ancillary diagnostic methods determined that the patient was in cardiac tamponade by a pericardical effusion (PE). A pericardiocentesis was carried out and the fluid had a probable neoplastic origin. Five months later the patient presented again in cardiac tamponade and a pericardiocentesis was repeated. On this occasion a mass of 0,5 cm diameter was detected ecocardiographically on the external wall of the right atrium compatible with a primary hemangiosarcoma.
Keywords : cardiac tamponade; heart; pericardial effusion; pericardium.