|Keywords:||chylothorax, dog, canine, treatment, surgery|
|Type:||Device / Surgical Technique|
Follow-up visits: * Three to 6-months post-surgery for a follow-up CT study * Nine months to 1-year post-surgery for chest x-rays
If you allow your dog to participate in this study, you will be responsible for bringing the dog to the VMTH for all study-related visits. Additionally, you will need to cover any costs related to complications and some of the costs associated with the surgical procedure (e.g., surgical procedure and related fees, anesthesia for surgery, ICU fees and hospitalization fees associated with the first visit).
We are looking for dogs diagnosed with idiopathic chylothorax. We cannot include dogs that have been diagnosed with any significant degree of pericardial disease or other underlying etiologies (non-idiopathic chylothorax).
Prior to being accepted into the study, patients will have to get a thorough diagnostic assessment to rule out underlying causes and confirm a diagnosis of idiopathic chylothorax (IC), which must include a complete blood count and biochemistry screen completed within a month from the date of surgery. Triglyceride levels assayed in the serum and in the pleural effusion must confirm the diagnosis of IC and a heart worm antigen test must be negative. Patients must also have undergone thoracic radiographs and abdominal ultrasonography.
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