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Lung lobe abscess

In rabbits, lung lobe abscesses are usually caused by bacterial infection with Pasteurella multocida but may involve other bacteria such as Bordetella bronchiseptica, Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus. The only definitive cure is lung lobectomy via thoracotomy. Prognosis is generally poor due to high post-surgical mortality rates associated with thoracotomy, but prognosis is favorable if the patient survives the procedure.

Written by William Lewis BVSc CertZooMed MRCVS
Reviewed by David Perpiñán DVM MSc PhD DipECZM(Herpetology) MRCVS

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