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Ectopic Heart

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Ectopic heart is a condition in which the heart is located outside the thoracic cavity, usually in the ventral cervical area. It occurs most commonly in cattle. Displacement through a defective sternum or through ribs usually results in neonatal death, although longterm survival is possible with other types of displacement.

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Last full review/revision April 2012 by Davin Borde, DVM, DACVIM

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