Acta Vet. Brno 2023, 92: 343-349

Foreign body in the dog pericardium – a case report

Veronika Nováková, Jana Lorenzová, Andrea Nečasová, Ivana Nývltová

University of Veterinary Sciences Brno, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinic, Brno, Czech Republic

Received April 13, 2023
Accepted October 25, 2023

This case report describes the diagnosis and subsequent surgical therapy of a foreign body in the pericardium in a young Small Münsterland Pointer. The patient was referred to our clinic for exercise intolerance and suspicion of pericardial effusion identified via thoracic radiography. Diagnostics including blood analysis and diagnostic imaging were made during the patientʼs hospitalisation. Presence of a foreign body passing from the stomach to the pericardium was suspected. To confirm the localisation of the foreign body, computed tomography was performed. Surgical treatment included an intercostal thoracotomy with partial bilateral pericardiectomy followed by laparotomy. The foreign body was surgically removed. The patient did not experience any complications during the postoperative period and was able achieve a full recovery.


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