Before and After Plavix
That dreadful swollen belly, life before and after Plavix, and a sneaky portal vein thrombus. Ever wonder how to resolve the mystery of that swollen abdomen in a 10-year-old hypercoagulable AIHA Maltese? Put a probe on it and see what’s really going on inside that belly. Working through the ascites case with the probe, Lindquist & a little help from his friends.
Case managed by Drs. Joe Powel and Paul Sedlacek & staff at Animal Clinic of Morris Plains, Morris Plains, New jersey, USA. Imaging by Dr. Eric Lindquist of SonoPath.com & New Jersey Mobile Associates.
Sonogram (Abdomen, 11/8/10, 3/4/11): “Prince”
History: A 10-year-old MN Maltese with recent history of profound anemia that had been diagnosed as primary autoimmune hemolytic anemia and had been treated with a blood transfusion, p rednisone and Atopica, was presented a few weeks later for anorexia, weight loss, and depression. Physical examination found the patient with generalized muscle wasting and a pot-bellied appearance. Abnormalities on CBC were mild anemia and leukocytosis. Doxycycline was added to the treatment to cover for infectious anemia pending an abdominal ultrasound.