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Hyphema, or blood in the anterior chamber of the eye, is a common condition among dogs. However, hyphema is a clinical sign and not a specific disease.
The symptoms of hyphema are dependent on the extent of bleeding, whether vision has been impaired, and whether your dog has other, underlying systemic diseases.
Common signs that are observed during a physical examination are:
The most common causes of hyphema are:
Hyphema can also be indicative of various ocular (eye) and systemic deficiencies, some of which may be life threatening. Therefore, its diagnosis and proper treatment is very important.
Hyphema is diagnosed through hematology and blood biochemistry tests, lab tests, and diagnostic imaging using X-rays and ultrasound tests.
A complete medical history will be taken and a thorough physical examination done to include or exclude possible causes for the condition.
Common diagnostic tests and procedures include:
Other advanced tests that may be performed include abdominal ultrasounds, X-rays of the head and eye orbit to detect hitherto unknown traumatic injuries, and hormonal tests (assays) of the adrenal glands. To detect bone marrow cancer, a bone marrow aspirate - the liquid found within the bone marrow - may also be done.
Anything having to do with the eye
A term for a type of neoplasm that is made up of lymphoid tissue; these masses are usually malignant in nature
The colored layer around the pupil
A cell that aids in clotting
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
Any inflammation of a blood vessel or lymph.
A medical condition in which the uvea becomes inflamed.
Found inside the eye
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Extreme loss of blood
a) inhaling b) getting out fluid or gas by the act of sucking.
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.
Veterinary term used to indicate the space behind the cornea of the eye and in front of the iris; contains liquid.
To make something wider
A condition in which growth and development are not up to normal standards
In veterinary terms, used to refer to the front of the body.
A disorder that has resulted from intraocular pressure
The collection of fluid in the tissue
Hemorrhage into the back of the eye