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25 May 2017 20:00 - 25 May 2017 22:00

Collapse and Syncope: A Cardiologist’s Perspective

Canal Court Hotel , Merchants Quay, Newry Armagh, BT35 8HF

Places Available Fully Booked

Collapse is a broad generic term, defined as a sudden loss of postural tone, but not necessarily with a loss of consciousness and may be of any duration. It is of paramount importance to differentiate syncope from non-syncopal causes of collapse, particularly neurological causes such as epileptic seizures.  

If an animal presents in a state of collapse, the opportunity for a physical examination, with a logical approach, during the episode may allow the affected body system to be determined. However when the animal presents with a history of syncope or non-syncopal collapse and walks into the clinic without clinical signs, then a diagnosis is challenging. In one human study the mechanism of syncope remained unexplained in 40% of cases. Additionally differentiation from an epileptic seizure is difficult; it is estimated that 20% of human patients presenting to a neurology department are subsequently diagnosed with cardiogenic syncope, which is likely to be similar in veterinary medicine.

This presentation reviews the common causes of collapse in dogs and it is illustrated with a number of movies of collapsing dogs. Some of these movies will make you re-consider how to interpret collapse due to syncope or seizures, so a presentation not to be missed.

This course is kindly sponsored by Vetoquinol

Speaker: Mike Martin MVB DVC MRCVS

Intended for Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses

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