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Aortic valvular dysplasia in a calf
  1. TD Watson,
  2. CM Marr and
  3. IA McCandlish
  1. Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden.

Abstract

Aortic valvular dysplasia, a congenital abnormality not previously reported in cattle, was diagnosed in a calf with a pulsating mass at the base of its neck, an enlarged area of cardiac dullness and a loud (grade IV/V) systolic cardiac murmur. Electrocardiography and thoracic radiography demonstrated that the left atrium and ventricle were enlarged. Dysplasia of two aortic valve cusps and post stenotic dilatation of the ascending aorta were identified by echocardiography and confirmed post mortem.

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