Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal 
ISSN 2218-6050 (Online), ISSN 2226-4485 (Print) 

"Case Report"

Tricuspid valve chordal rupture in a dog with pulmonary hypertension


Tomoki Maeba*


Midorigaoka Animal Clinic, 19-1, Midorigaoka, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba 277-0082, Japan

Abstract

Background: Rupture of the chordae tendineae of the tricuspid valve is rare in dogs. We report the case of a dog with tricuspid valve chordal rupture secondary to pulmonary hypertension.

Case Description: A 7.7-kg, 13-year-old neutered male Pekingese on annual heartworm prevention presented with respiratory distress. The patient received a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension and received medical treatment. However, the patient re-presented 405 days post-diagnosis with dyspnea and an increased abdominal circumference. Transthoracic echocardiography showed ruptured chordae tendineae of the tricuspid valve, and abdominal ultrasound identified significant ascites associated with worsening right congestive heart failure. The patient improved after draining ascitic fluid and extra medical treatment, but was released with poor prognosis.

Conclusion: Ruptured chordae tendineae of the tricuspid valve should be considered in patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Keywords: Canine, Chordal rupture, Congestive heart failure, Pulmonary hypertension.

Cite this paper:
Maeba, T. 2021.  Tricuspid valve chordal rupture in a dog with pulmonary hypertension. Open Vet. J. 11(4), 525-529.