Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Thorax: median sternotomy

Contributor(s): Lori Ludwig, Zoe Halfacree

Introduction

  • Mid-line approach to the thorax.

Uses

Combined with cranial laparotomy

Advantages

  • Good bilateral exposure of thorax (except dorsally).
  • Good access to cranial hemithorax:
    • Trachea.
    • Cranial 2/3 esophagus.
    • Mediastinum.
    • Vessel arising from aorta.

Disadvantages

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.
  • Burton C A & White R N (1996) Review of the technique and complications of median sternotomy in the dog and cat. JSAP 37 (11), 516-522 PubMed.


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