Percutaneous Heartworm Removal from Dogs with Severe Heart Worm
World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2007
Changbaig Hyun; Seung-Gon Lee; Hyeong-Sun Moon; Changbaig Hyun
School of Veterinary Medicine, Kangwon National University
Kangwon-do, Republic of Korea


Mechanical and surgical heartworm removal is indicated in severe cases of heartworm infestation because adulticidal therapy may cause acute death due to pulmonary embolism. To avoid this problem removing a large number of worms with flexible alligator forceps prior to subsequent adulticidal therapy is recommended.


To develop a new percutaneous removal method of heartworm in severe case of heartworm infestation.


We developed a new percutaneous removal method of heartworm using Flexer® Tuohy-Borst Side-Arm Introducer and endoscopic retrieval devices.


We successfully applied this new method to 4 dogs with severe heartworm infestation. Subsequent follow-up studies found that this method is safer and more efficient than previous methods.


The new percutaneous heart worm removal method was a good alternative for severe heartworm infestation.

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Changbaig Hyun
Kangwon National University
Kangwon-do, Republic of Korea

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