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Management of Pneumothorax in Cattle by Continuous-Flow Evacuation

Authors

  • Simon F. Peek,

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    1. Section of Large Animal Internal Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
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  • J.A. Slack,

    1. Section of Large Animal Internal Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
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  • Sheila M. McGuirk

    1. Section of Large Animal Internal Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
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Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706; e-mail: peeks@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu.

Abstract

Pneumothorax in cattle can develop subsequent to acute or chronic pulmonary disease, and if unresolved may lead to respiratory distress and death due to hypoxia and compression and collapse of cardiac and thoracic great vessels. Therapeutic evacuation of free air within the pleural space can provide acute relief and improve chances of survival. This article descibes the adaptation and use of a continuous flow evacuation device to resolve pneumothorax in 3 cattle with pneumothorax associated with infectious lower airway disease.

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