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J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2011 Jan-Feb;47(1):1-11. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5558. Epub 2010 Dec 16.

A review of the pathophysiology, classification, and analysis of canine and feline cavitary effusions.

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Emergency & Critical Care, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA. sznndmps68@gmail.com

Abstract

Effusion is the abnormal accumulation of fluid within a body cavity that can result from a variety of disease processes. This article reviews the normal production and resorption of body cavity fluid and the pathophysiology of abnormal fluid accumulation. In addition, classification schemes, differential diagnoses, and currently available diagnostic tests for evaluation of effusions are reviewed.

PMID:
21164167
DOI:
10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5558
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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