Management of Emergency Pleural Space Disease: Pyothorax and Pneumothorax

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Published on: 25.09.2015


Dr. Daniela Murgia DipECVS, MRCVS
European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
RCVS Recognized Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

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About The Webinar

The degree of respiratory distress in animals affected by pleural space diseases depends on the severity and duration of the condition. Larger volumes of air or pleural effusion and acute presentation result in greater respiratory distress.

Procedures allowing drainage of the thoracic cavity include thoracocentesis, placement of a thoracostomy tube, and placement of a pleural port. Thoracocentesis allows fast removal of fluids, or air from the pleural space and should be performed in dyspnoeic patients as it greatly improves the space available for pulmonary expansion. In the presence of on-going accumulation of fluid or air in the pleural cavity and when frequent or repeated thoracocentesis is required, the placement of a thoracostomy tube is indicated. This allows repeated less traumatic thoracic effusion or air evacuation and pleural cavity lavage. The pleural port is a subcutaneously placed delivery system, designed for patients requiring periodic access to the pleural cavity for repeated drainage or for delivery of medications.

In this webinar, Daniela Murgia provides expert tips to help you to manage pyothorax and pneumothorax in your small animal patients.

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