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Atrial septal defect and atrial fibrillation in a foal
  1. FG Taylor,
  2. PR Wotton,
  3. MH Hillyer,
  4. FJ Barr and
  5. VM Lucke
  1. Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bristol, Langford, Avon.

Abstract

Clinical examination of a four-and-a-half-month old foal revealed evidence of progressive heart failure associated with an atrial septal defect and atrial fibrillation. Atrial septal defects are rarely reported in foals and the foal's growth, development and demeanour were normal until a sudden onset of lethargic behaviour. The value of B-mode echocardiography in identifying the congenital lesion is indicated.

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