Lengthy Surgery Saves Horse With Unusual Heart Condition

A 5-year-old Hanoverian named Luigi was the recipient of a three-hour, intensive surgery at Leahurst Equine Hospital at the University of Liverpool after veterinarians discovered three arteriovenous fistulas in his neck. An arteriovenous fistula is an abnormal connection between the carotid artery and the jugular vein; the fistula connects the artery directly to the vein, making the heart work harder to pump blood and putting it at risk of failure.

The fistulas Luigi had had become so large that they were filling with blood and causing him to make a noise while breathing when he put his head down. Owner Eve Rice said that the gelding was most likely born with the condition, but that it only recently became an issue. Rice knew Luigi had a heart murmur, which was originally reason he was referred to the clinic.

It was at the clinic that the vets noticed that when Luigi put down his head that a strong pulse could be felt in his neck and that the swelling would enlarge. They ran tests and scans to determine what the issue was. Though they thought that simply monitoring the horse would be enough, his condition worsened to the point where surgery was necessary.

To find exactly where the fistulas were, the vets had to use ultrasound, CT and fluoroscopy. Though three fistulas were found, the only one that could be removed was next to his larynx. The others were deeper in the horse’s skull and could not be accessed.

The surgery took three hours; Dr. Debra Archer and a team of imaging and cardiology vets tied off the vessels to remove the added stress on the heart. Luigi recovered quickly and is in the process of building back muscle he had lost.

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Lengthy Surgery Saves Horse With Unusual Heart Condition

A 5-year-old Hanoverian named Luigi was the recipient of a three-hour, intensive surgery at Leahurst Equine Hospital at the University of Liverpool after veterinarians discovered three arteriovenous fistulas in his neck. An arteriovenous fistula is an abnormal connection between the carotid artery and the jugular vein; the fistula connects the artery directly to the vein, making the heart work harder to pump blood and putting it at risk of failure.

The fistulas Luigi had had become so large that they were filling with blood and causing him to make a noise while breathing when he put his head down. Owner Eve Rice said that the gelding was most likely born with the condition, but that it only recently became an issue. Rice knew Luigi had a heart murmur, which was originally reason he was referred to the clinic.

It was at the clinic that the vets noticed that when Luigi put down his head that a strong pulse could be felt in his neck and that the swelling would enlarge. They ran tests and scans to determine what the issue was. Though they thought that simply monitoring the horse would be enough, his condition worsened to the point where surgery was necessary.

To find exactly where the fistulas were, the vets had to use ultrasound, CT and fluoroscopy. Though three fistulas were found, the only one that could be removed was next to his larynx. The others were deeper in the horse’s skull and could not be accessed.

The surgery took three hours; Dr. Debra Archer and a team of imaging and cardiology vets tied off the vessels to remove the added stress on the heart. Luigi recovered quickly and is in the process of building back muscle he had lost.

Read more at Horse & Hound.

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