thumbnail

Surgical removal of a tracheal foreign body from a whooping crane (Grus americana)

Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

By:
, , , ,

Links

  • The Publications Warehouse does not have links to digital versions of this publication at this time
  • Download citation as: RIS

Abstract

The left wing of a whooping crane (Grus americana) was amputated for treatment of severe nonunion and malunion fractures of the radius and ulna. During the postoperative convalescent period, the bird aspirated a corn kernel and subsequently suffered episodic bouts of dyspnea. The bird was anesthetized with tiletamine-zolazepam. Attempts to deliver the kernel through the glottis with endoscopic instruments were unsuccessful. The corn kernel was retrieved via a tracheotomy incision. Endoscopy of the trachea 2 mo postoperatively showed complete healing of the tracheal incision. Mucosal integrity had been reestablished, and tracheal lumen diameter was not compromised. The bird continues in good health 2.5 yr after surgery, shows no sign of respiratory disease, and currently is in a captive breeding program.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Surgical removal of a tracheal foreign body from a whooping crane (Grus americana)
Series title:
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume
22
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1991
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 359-363
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
First page:
359
Last page:
363
Number of Pages:
5