Resection of a Large Intra-Abdominal Tumor in the Mexican Axolotl: A Case Report
Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2010
© Copyright 2010 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 232–233, February 2010
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MENGER, B., VOGT, P. M., JACOBSEN, I. D., ALLMELING, C., KUHBIER, J. W., MUTSCHMANN, F. and REIMERS, K. (2010), Resection of a Large Intra-Abdominal Tumor in the Mexican Axolotl: A Case Report. Veterinary Surgery, 39: 232–233. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2009.00609.x
- Issue online: 3 FEB 2010
- Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2010
- Submitted July 2009; Accepted September 2009
Objective— This case report describes the surgical removal of an intra-abdominal tumor from a Mexican axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum). The animal was admitted with left abdominal swelling that had increased over 4 months.
Methods— Surgical removal was performed under general anesthesia with MS222 under an operating microscope. Exploratory laparotomy was performed through 2.5 dorsocranial skin incision in the left flank, followed by subcutaneous dissection.
Results— The tumor involved the spleen, was adjacent to the descending colon, and supplied by vessels from the spleen, stomach, and colon. The mass was removed by clamping and transecting the spleen and the peritoneum was closed with a continuous suture pattern, while abdominal muscles and skin were closed in layers. After a total duration time of anesthesia of 90 minutes the animal was kept in prophylactic antibiotic baths. Tissue sections revealed characteristics of both lymphangiosarcoma and lymphosarcoma with an appearance typical for a malignant tumor.
Conclusions— Abdominal surgery was performed in an axolotl and the surgical wound healed without complication.