A case of advanced second-degree atrioventricular block in a ferret secondary to lymphoma

F. Menicagli, A. Lanza, F. Sbrocca, A. Baldi, Enrico P. Spugnini

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Abstract

A female ferret was referred as an emergency for severe respiratory distress symptoms. At presentation, the patient was listlessness, dyspnoeic, and hyper-responsive. The clinical examination evidenced dyspnea with cyanosis, altered cardiac rhythm, and hepatomegaly. Electrocardiography showed an advanced second-degree atrioventricular (AV) block. The liver aspirate was diagnostic for lymphoma. The patient did not respond to supportive therapy and rapidly died. Post-mortem exams confirmed the presence of lymphoma with hepatic involvement. Moreover, a pericardial lymphocytic infiltration and a widespread myocardial nodular localization of lymphoma were evidenced as well. This condition was probably the cause of the cardiac arrhythmia. To the best of our knowledge, ours is the first report of cardiac lymphoma causing heart block in ferrets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-70
Number of pages3
JournalOpen Veterinary Journal
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2016

Keywords

  • Arrhythmia
  • Ferret
  • Isoproterenol
  • Lymphoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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