Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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Use of a standard operative laparoscope for ventriculus foreign body removal in a toco toucan (Ramphastos toco)

Paulo Maia Teixeira, PedroNassar Coutinho, LeandroEyko Kawanami, Alinedo Socorro Lima da Silva, AlannaHenrique Ferreira Teles, PedroSoares Botelho Brito, MarinaFarias Pereira da Câmara Barros, FelipeAugusto Machado Silva, MarcoWerther, KarinRicardo Russiano Vicente, Wilter

Background: Cases of ventricular foreign bodies are common in some species of birds. Moreover, ventricular impactions may develop depending on the type of the material ingested. The diagnosis is based on physical examination, radiography, endoscopy and surgical exploration. The choice of the treatment basically depends on the nature of the foreign body. Endoscopy is a less invasive approach that can be used in some situations, in some species. The benefi ts of endoscopic approaches are wide, as traditional approaches are more invasive and infl ict a higher postoperative morbidity and mortality. However, the correct endoscope technique never been described. This study reports a case of a foreign body in a toucans ventriculus, removed using a standard operative laparoscope/nephroscope.Case: A young Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) was referred to the Veterinary Hospital (São Paulo State University - FCAV/UNESP) by the State Environmental Guard. Survey radiographs indicated a foreign body in the ventriculus. The physical exam revealed apathy, but the bird was responsive to handling. The patient was pinioned. Based on the size of the foreign body, the endoscope retrieval was the fi rst treatment option. The patient was fasted for 6 hours and anesthetized with isofl urane. The rigid endoscope/laparoscope with working channel was carefully passed through the esophagus, into the ventric

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