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Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science

versión impresa ISSN 1413-9596versión On-line ISSN 1678-4456


BACCARIN, Raquel Yvonne Arantes  y  ALVARENGA, José de. Thoracotomy in the horse. Braz. J. Vet. Res. Anim. Sci. [online]. 1999, vol.36, n.6, pp.00-00. ISSN 1413-9596.

Six healthy equine were used to evaluate surgical technique of thoracotomy; surgical access to the right hemithorax was assured by anesthesia with mechanical controlled ventilation. The technique employed resulted in intense and diffuse bleeding throughout the muscular layers and provided easy approach to elevate the periosteum of the rib to be partially excised. After undoing of the negative thoracic pressure, pulmonary expansion was adequate, as assessed by visual examination. The bone endings provided good support and stability to the muscular sutures, and the suture material was of enough strength to support different degrees of tension. The technique allowed surgical procedures to be carried out in the horse’s cranial and accessory pulmonary lobes as well as satisfactory exploration of the right pleural cavity. The suture methods employed were efficient and no signs of respiratory distress or pneumothorax were observed.

Palabras clave : Thoracotomy; Thoracic surgery; Equine.

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