Use of a Heimlich flutter valve in a dog with spontaneous pneumothorax

Salci H., Kennerman E., Celimli N., Torun S.

AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY PRACTITIONER, vol.35, no.2, pp.47-51, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-51
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


A three-year-old, male, Pointer dog was presented with a four-day history of severe non-traumatic respiratory compromise. Clinical examination findings were consistent with a closed pneumothorax. Other diagnostics, including electrocardiography, radiography and bronchoalveolar lavage, suggested a secondary spontaneous pneumothorax possibly associated with infective pleuropneumonia. A Heimlich flutter valve was used as drainage for the pneumothorax after a thoracostomy for chest tube placement. The spontaneous pneumothorax was resolved and further air leakage ceased by the third day.