Filly rebounds from balloon valvuloplasty

2021-10-22

Veterinarians in Switzerland performed a balloon valvuloplasty to correct pulmonary stenosis in a 10-day-old foal born with a congenital heart defect. A surgical team led by veterinary cardiologist Katharyn Mitchell inserted a balloon used in human valvuloplasty through the foal's jugular vein, and though the filly recovered slowly, its endurance and behavior had normalized by the time it was 2 years old.

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