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Anesthetic and analgesic management of a skunk (Mephitis mephitis) undergoing a laminectomy for cauda equina compression

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A 6-year-old, male striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) weighing 5.9 kg was anesthetized for diagnostic imaging procedures and subsequently for a laminectomy at level L6/S1 as treatment of lumbosacral stenosis. On both occasions, anesthesia was induced by a face mask using 5% isoflurane in oxygen. After endotracheal intubation, anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane in oxygen. When necessary, intermittent positive pressure ventilation was instituted. For the surgical intervention, analgesia was provided with pre-operative carprofen, perioperative intravenous infusion of fentanyl and postoperative buprenorphine. The constant rate infusion of fentanyl provided a sufficient level of analgesia and reduced the amount of isoflurane needed. Hypoxemia occurred at the end of surgery and was successfully treated using a vital capacity manoeuvre. The recovery from both anesthetic procedures was smooth and uneventful and the surgical intervention was successful. Three weeks after surgery the skunk was able to move the pelvic limbs voluntarily.
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ATELECTASIS, GENERAL-ANESTHESIA

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Gozalo Marcilla, Miguel, Tim Bosmans, Tom Hellebuyck, Steven De Decker, Annemie Van Caelenberg, and Stijn Schauvliege. 2010. “Anesthetic and Analgesic Management of a Skunk (Mephitis Mephitis) Undergoing a Laminectomy for Cauda Equina Compression.” Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 79 (5): 395–399.
APA
Gozalo Marcilla, M., Bosmans, T., Hellebuyck, T., De Decker, S., Van Caelenberg, A., & Schauvliege, S. (2010). Anesthetic and analgesic management of a skunk (Mephitis mephitis) undergoing a laminectomy for cauda equina compression. VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT, 79(5), 395–399.
Vancouver
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Gozalo Marcilla M, Bosmans T, Hellebuyck T, De Decker S, Van Caelenberg A, Schauvliege S. Anesthetic and analgesic management of a skunk (Mephitis mephitis) undergoing a laminectomy for cauda equina compression. VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT. 2010;79(5):395–9.
MLA
Gozalo Marcilla, Miguel, Tim Bosmans, Tom Hellebuyck, et al. “Anesthetic and Analgesic Management of a Skunk (Mephitis Mephitis) Undergoing a Laminectomy for Cauda Equina Compression.” VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT 79.5 (2010): 395–399. Print.
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  abstract     = {A 6-year-old, male striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) weighing 5.9 kg was anesthetized for diagnostic imaging procedures and subsequently for a laminectomy at level L6/S1 as treatment of lumbosacral stenosis. On both occasions, anesthesia was induced by a face mask using 5\% isoflurane in oxygen. After endotracheal intubation, anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane in oxygen. When necessary, intermittent positive pressure ventilation was instituted.
For the surgical intervention, analgesia was provided with pre-operative carprofen, perioperative intravenous infusion of fentanyl and postoperative buprenorphine. The constant rate infusion of fentanyl provided a sufficient level of analgesia and reduced the amount of isoflurane needed. Hypoxemia occurred at the end of surgery and was successfully treated using a vital capacity manoeuvre. The recovery from both anesthetic procedures was smooth and uneventful and the surgical intervention was successful. Three weeks after surgery the skunk was able to move the pelvic limbs voluntarily.},
  author       = {Gozalo Marcilla, Miguel and Bosmans, Tim and Hellebuyck, Tom and De Decker, Steven and Van Caelenberg, Annemie and Schauvliege, Stijn},
  issn         = {0303-9021},
  journal      = {VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT},
  keyword      = {ATELECTASIS,GENERAL-ANESTHESIA},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {395--399},
  title        = {Anesthetic and analgesic management of a skunk (Mephitis mephitis) undergoing a laminectomy for cauda equina compression},
  url          = {http://vdt.ugent.be/code/showupload.php?id=604},
  volume       = {79},
  year         = {2010},
}

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