Computed tomographic features of pneumothorax secondary to a bronchopleural fistula in two dogs.

Abstract

A bronchopleural fistula (BPF) can lead to continuous pneumothorax and is rarely reported clinically in dogs. This report describes computed tomographic (CT) findings in two dogs with BPFs and subsequent continuous pneumothoraces that necessitated thoracotomy. Both dogs had a peripheral BPF in the right caudal lung lobe. The fistula in one dog was secondary to a previous foreign body migration, and the fistula in the other was thought to be secondary to dirofilariasis. On both CT examinations, a dilated subsegmental bronchus was seen communicating with the pleural space at the center of a focal, concave region of parenchymal consolidation. Multiplanar reformatting aided in identification and characterization of the BPF. The pneumothoraces resolved after right caudal lobectomy in both dogs. CT has the potential to identify BPFs, such as secondary to foreign body migration or dirofilariasis.

DOI: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6010

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@article{Suran2014ComputedTF, title={Computed tomographic features of pneumothorax secondary to a bronchopleural fistula in two dogs.}, author={Jantra Ngosuwan Suran and Annie J. Lo and Jennifer A. Reetz}, journal={Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association}, year={2014}, volume={50 4}, pages={284-90} }