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Research: Pneumopericardium after peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia repair in a dog

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Research: Pneumopericardium after peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia repair in a dog

J Vet Cardiol

. 2022 Aug 22;43:101-103.

 doi: 10.1016/j.jvc.2022.08.002. Online ahead of print. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36116206/

Pneumopericardium after peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia repair in a dog

M L Wang 1L A Murphy 2R K Nakamura 3

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Abstract

A one-year-old neutered Goldendoodle presented for evaluation. One week prior to presentation, surgical closure of a peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia (PPDH) was performed via ventral midline celiotomy. Since the procedure, the dog had been lethargic and anorexic at home. Thoracic radiographs revealed a pneumopericardium. Pericardiocentesis was performed which evacuated approximately 100 mL of air from the pericardial sac. The dog recovered well and began eating in the hospital and resumed normal activity. This is the first reported case of a pneumopericardium post-PPDH repair requiring pericardiocentesis. Clinicians should be aware of this rare complication in postoperative PPDH patients.

Keywords: Congenital; Pericardial disease; Surgery.

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