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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in a Clydesdale gelding

Cullimore, A., Lester, G.D., Secombe, C.J. and Campbell, K. (2018) Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in a Clydesdale gelding. Australian Veterinary Journal, 96 (6). pp. 212-215.

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Case report: A 7-year-old Clydesdale gelding was referred with a history of progressive lethargy and ventral oedema. The horse developed diarrhoea after treatment with antibiotics by the referring veterinarian. History, clinical signs, imaging and laboratory findings were consistent with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy complicated by antibiotic-associated colitis. Progression of clinical signs prompted euthanasia and the antemortem diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was confirmed at postmortem examination.

Conclusion: Primary HCM is reported as rare in horses, but specific descriptions are lacking. The history, clinical, laboratory and postmortem findings in this case supported a diagnosis of HCM, complicated by antibiotic-associated colitis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © 2018 Australian Veterinary Association
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