Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Thorax: thoracotomy (intercostal)

Contributor(s): Rosa Ragni, Melvyn Pond

Introduction

  • Exposure of a defined area of the thorax is required.

Uses

Advantages

  • Associated with minimal postoperative discomfort and complications.

Disadvantages

  • Only allows limited access to those structures further cranial or caudal from the exposed field.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Moores A L, Halfacree Z J, Baines S J et al (2007) Indications, outcomes and complications following lateral thoracotomy in dogs and cats. JSAP 48 (12), 695-698 PubMed.
  • Tattersall J A, Welsh E (2006) Factors influencing the short-term outcome following thoracic surgery in 98 dogs. JSAP 47 (12), 715-720 PubMed.
  • Rooney M B, Mehl M, Monnet E (2004) Intercostal thoracotomy closure: transcostal sutures as a less painful alternative to circumcostal suture placement. Vet Surg 33 (3), 209-213 PubMed.
  • Wagner A E, Gaynor J S, Dunlop C I et al (1998) Monitoring adequacy of ventilation by capnometry during thoracotomy in dogs. JAVMA 212 (3), 377-379 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Hunt G (2012) Thoracic wall. In:Veterinary Surgery Small Animal.Tobias K M, Spencer A J (eds), Elsevier Saunders, St Louis, pp 1769-1786.
  • Radlinski M G (2012) Thoracic cavity. In:Veterinary Surgery Small Animal.Tobias K M, Spencer A J (eds), Elsevier Saunders, St Louis, pp 1787-1812.


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