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Traumatic pulmonary pseudocysts associated to pneumothorax and rib fractures in a dog
  1. Pablo Barge1,
  2. Maria Josefa Fernández-Del Palacio1,2,
  3. Giorgia Santarelli1,
  4. Marta Soler1,2 and
  5. Amalia Agut1,2
  1. 1 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain
  2. 2 Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Professor Amalia Agut; amalia{at}


A two-year-old, 37 kg intact mixed-breed dog was presented with lameness of the left pelvic limb after being hit by a car three days ago. The physical examination revealed tachypnoea with an abdominal restrictive respiratory pattern. Based on history of the patient and imaging findings a presumptive diagnosis of pneumothorax, rib fractures and traumatic pulmonary pseudocysts (TPP) was made. The patient was treated conservatively. One month later, thoracic radiograph showed only a pulmonary small nodule. TPPs are an uncommon complication after blunt thorax trauma but should be included in the differential diagnosis when cavitary pulmonary lesions are seen on thoracic radiograph or CT.

  • computed tomography (CT)
  • diagnostic imaging
  • dogs
  • trauma
  • lung disease
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  • Contributors Conception and design: AA, PB. Acquisition of data: PB, MJFDP, GS, MS, AA. Analysis and interpretation of data: PB, MJFDP, GS, MS, AA. Drafting the article: PB, AA. Revising for intellectual content: PB, MJFDP, GS, MS, AA. Final approval of the completed article: PB, MJFDP, GS, MS, AA.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement No additional data are available.

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