Obstetrical echocardiography in the diagnosis of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy in dog: Case report

  • Cristiano Chaves Pessoa da Veiga
  • Paulo Costa Bomfim
  • Priscila Cardim de Oliveira
  • Bruno Gonçalves de Souza
  • Gabriela Ferreira de Oliveira
  • Lara Lages da Silveira
  • Jonimar Pereira Paiva
Keywords: Cardiomyopathy, malformations, ultrasound


ABSTRACT. da Veiga C.C.P., Bomfim P.C., de Oliveira P.C., de Souza B.G., de Oliveira G.F., da Silveira L.L. & Paiva J.P. [Obstetrical echocardiography in the diagnosis of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy in dog: Case report]. Ecocardiografia obstétrica no diagnóstico de cardiopatia dilatada idiopatica em cão: relato de caso. Revista Brasileira de Medicina Veterinária, 35(3):272-274, 2013. Instituto de Veterinária, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, BR 465, Km 7, Seropédica, RJ 23890- 000, Brasil. E-mail: radiovet@ufrrj.br Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) is the second leading cause of heart failure in dogs. The observed change include dilation of the four heart chambers. The diagnosis of most fetal cardiac malformations can be performed by ECO fetal without difficulty. Echocardiography is the most advanced technique in the diagnosis of IDC, and the most consistent find is the dilatation of the atria and ventricles. The aim of this report is to describe the changes observed during an ultrasound assessment of gestation, where was observed dilatation of the four cardiac chambers in one fetus, when compared to other chambers of the hearts of other fetuses. There were no other changes in the echocardiographic heart of the fetus, so such evidence has been attributed to idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. We concluded that it was possible to determine the idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy by echocardiography during prenatal assessment.


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