Case: Pericardectomy, secondary to a heart base tumour, left side thoracotomy

Panda was in heart failure secondary to fluid accumulation within the sac around the heart. The squeeze of this fluid on the heart prevented the heart from filling properly and from pumping blood efficiently. This had led to accumulation of fludi elsewhere in the body, including within the abdomen.

We removed the sac from around the heart so that the heart was no longer being squeezed.

Panda did very well after surgery and her owners chose to remove her from our premises on the evening of surgery just after a chest drain had been removed. Unfortunately  they refused to ever bring her back for a check up, but we understand that she did very well post-op.

As is often the case, this condition had arisen from a tumour within in the perdicardial sac, so the long term future is only cautiously optimistic.