Journal Article Fibrinous pericarditis secondary to bacterial infection in a cat

Tagawa, Michihito  ,  Kurashima, Chihiro  ,  Shimbo, Genya  ,  Omura, Hiroshi  ,  Koyama, Kenji  ,  Horiuchi, Noriyuki  ,  Kobayashi, Yoshiyasu  ,  Kawamoto, Keiko  ,  Miyahara, Kazuro

79 ( 6 )  , pp.957 - 961 , 2017-06 , Japanese Society of Veterinary Science
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A three-year-old spayed domestic short-haired cat presented for evaluation of weight loss, cardiomegaly and pleural effusion. Echocardiographic examination demonstrated a thickened pericardium with mild pericardial effusion and a large volume of pleural effusion characterized by exudate. Although the cat was treated with antibiotics, the clinical symptoms did not improve. The cat developed dyspnea and died on day 7. Necropsy revealed a large amount of modified transudates ascites, pleural effusion and markedly dilated pericardium. Histopathological examination revealed severe exudation of fibrin and granulation tissue in a thick layer of the epicardium. The cat was diagnosed with fibrinous pericarditis secondary to bacterial infection.
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