Gerbode defect associated with blunt trauma in a dog

Melanie J Hezzell, Simon Dennis, Daniel H Lewis, Virginia Luis Fuentes

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A 6 year-old Labrador retriever was presented after being struck by a car. A ventricular arrhythmia, attributed to myocardial trauma, developed 12 h post-trauma. Echocardiography revealed lesions consistent with a subaortic paramembranous ventricular septal defect (VSD) with shunting of blood from the left ventricle to the right atrium (Gerbode defect). A right-to-left shunting atrial septal defect (ASD) was visualised. Pleural and peritoneal effusions developed within 48 h. Fifteen days post-trauma flow across the ASD was left-to-right while left-to-right shunting across the VSD persisted. No cavitary effusions were detected at 15 days post-trauma or subsequently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Veterinary Cardiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Animals
  • Atrial Septum
  • Dog Diseases
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating


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