Case Report

Peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia with one-time pericardial effusion in a Beagle

  • S. Van der Meeren
  • V. Bavegems
  • A. Willems
  • E. Van der Vekens
  • H. de Rooster


A male, four-year-old, castrated Beagle was presented with ascites, tachypnee, partial anorexia and lethargy. Through radiography, echocardiography and computed tomography, the diagnosis of pericardial effusion and a peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia was made, where probably only omentum was herniated into the pericardium. Abdominocentesis and pericardiocentesis were performed. The peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia was treated conservatively because, after one pericardiocentesis, no new pericardial effusion developed and the patient did well. At a control visit six months later, the patient was active, playful and without recurrence of pericardial effusion.

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Van der Meeren, S. & Bavegems, V. & Willems, A. & Van der Vekens, E. & de Rooster, H., (2016) “Peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia with one-time pericardial effusion in a Beagle”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 85(3), 150-156. doi:

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Published on
28 Jun 2016
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