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Thorax: thoracotomy (intercostal)

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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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Prognosis

  • Depends on surgical findings and reason for the procedure rather than the thoracotomy itself.

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.

Other sources of information

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

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