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Title: 
Traumatic diaphragmatic hernia complicated with a tension gastrothorax in a dog
Author(s): 
L. GEERINCKX, E. VAN DER VEKENS, B. VAN GOETHEM, J.H. SAUNDERS
Abstract: 

A ten-month-old, intact, male Cavalier King Charles spaniel was presented two months after anabdominal bite incident with inspiratory dyspnea and positional pain. A diaphragmatic herniation wassuspected, based on absent lung- and cardiac sounds on auscultation of the left hemithorax. Radiographyconfirmed this but also showed the presence of severe tympany of a herniated stomach. This is calledtension gastrothorax and is an immediate life-threatening complication of the herniation. Because ofthe progressive worsening of the cardiorespiratory condition of the patient and the inability to intubatethe stomach, immediate surgical correction was necessary. A standardized surgical approach was usedto reposition the stomach and close the hernia. There were no postoperative complications and one yearafter the surgery, the dog was still doing well.

Full text: 
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