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Observations on ascites in nine cattle
  1. M. H. Milne, BVMS, MVM, CertCHP, MRCVS1,
  2. D. J. Mellor, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS1,
  3. D. C. Barrett, BSc, BVSc, DBR, DCHP, MRCVS1 and
  4. J. L. Fitzpatrick, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH


Signs of ascites were observed in only nine of 1863 cattle examined over a period of five years. The ascites was most commonly associated with either primary or secondary cardiac disease; cattle with ascites have a poor prognosis because the condition is usually assocaited with terminal disease. Two animals had cor pulmonale with chronic pneumonia, three had cardiomyopathy, one had bacterial endocarditis, two had thrombosis of the caudal vena cava and one had diffuse abdominal epithelioid mesothelioma.

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