Patent ductus arteriosus repair in general practice.
A 3-month-old female German Shepherd puppy was presented for routine vaccination. Clinical evaluation revealed a grade 5/6 continuous murmur with the point of maximal intensity over the left 4th intercostal space. Echocardiography revealed a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). The PDA was closed by a team of general practitioners using the Jackson-Henderson technique, via a standard 4th intercostal thoracotomy. A multi-modal approach to analgesia and premedication was employed. A successful outcome was achieved with no murmur or evidence of cardiac disease present 6 months after surgical occlusion. The literature is reviewed with an emphasis placed on choosing techniques that are appropriate to the level of expertise of the surgical and anaesthetic teams, as well as the surgical facilities available.
Saint Francis Veterinary Hospital, 157 Main Road, Bergvliet, Cape Town, 7495, South Africa. email@example.com
SourceJournal of the South African Veterinary Association 82:4 2011 Dec pg 239-41
Ductus Arteriosus, Patent
Pub Type(s)Case Reports