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1 June 2010 Fallot's Tetralogy in a European Beaver (Castor fiber)
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A 20-mo-old, female, 9-kg European beaver (Castor fiber) presented with apathy, reduced appetite of 3-day duration and a grade 5/6 systolic heart murmur. Thoracic radiographs revealed a diffuse broncho-interstitial pattern suspicious for bronchopneumonia. The echocardiographic findings of a hypertrophied right ventricle, ventricular septal defect with overriding aorta, and infundibular pulmonic stenosis were consistent with Fallot's tetralogy. Even though the bronchopneumonia rather than the congenital cardiac defect was considered of primary importance for the presenting clinical signs, the latter was relevant for the decision not to continue any medical treatment. Both disease processes were confirmed on necropsy.

Sandra Wenger, Jessica Gull, Tony Glaus, Serafin Blumer, Julia Wimmershoff, Asja Kranjc, Hanspeter Steinmetz, and Jean-Michel Hatt "Fallot's Tetralogy in a European Beaver (Castor fiber)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(2), 359-362, (1 June 2010). https://doi.org/10.1638/2009-0235R.1
Received: 11 November 2009; Published: 1 June 2010
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