Successful percutaneous drainage of a refractory caudal mediastinal paraesophageal abscess in a dog

Craig Breheny, Emily Thomas, Jon Hall, Florence Thierry

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Abstract

Objective – To describe a novel technique for paraesophageal abscess drainage

Case summary – A six-year-old dog presented for pyrexia of unknown origin, subsequently confirmed to be due to a paraesophageal abscess. This was managed by the ultrasound-guided placement of a thoracostomy tube into the abscess allowing drainage to be performed. This led to clinical resolution and at an eight month follow up the dog continued to do well.

New or unique information provided – Paraesophageal abscessation is typically managed with surgical intervention, which carries inherent risks and complications. This report describes a novel technique which did not require general anaesthesia or invasive surgical intervention, achieving clinical remission without any adverse effects. It also summarises the current literature available on this condition.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Early online date21 Feb 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Feb 2021

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