Valvular endocarditis in a 10‐month‐old ewe lamb: The diagnostic benefits of on‐farm ultrasound examination in Veterinary Record Case Reports

Rob Kelly, Linda Morrison, Alberto Luque Castro, Philip R. Scott

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Abstract

Valvular endocarditis was diagnosed during a routine flock screen for ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA) in a 10-month-old ewe lamb with a 2-month history of weight loss. Ultrasound examination demonstrated right caudoventral pleuritis presenting as hyperechoic thickening of the pleura and irregular hyperechoic lesions measuring approximately 12–15 mm, replacing the normal tricuspid and mitral valves. The sheep was euthanased for welfare reasons, with ultrasound findings confirmed on postmortem examination. Considering the poor prognosis and welfare concerns associated with the condition, this case report demonstrates the practicality of ultrasound to diagnose valvular endocarditis on-farm and facilitate prompt euthanasia.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere425
JournalVet Record Case Reports
Volume10
Issue number4
Early online date11 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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