Suspected air embolism through the thoracic ventral internal vertebral venous plexus during hemilaminectomy in dogs

Mortera-Balsa, V., van Oostrom, H., Yeamans, C., Gutierrez-Quintana, R., Penderis, J. and Granger, N. (2017) Suspected air embolism through the thoracic ventral internal vertebral venous plexus during hemilaminectomy in dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 58(6), pp. 355-358. (doi:10.1111/jsap.12665) (PMID:28394460)

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Abstract

Venous air embolism entering via the ventral internal vertebral venous plexus was suspected during thoracic spinal surgery in two dogs. In both cases, air was seen bubbling from a pool of blood on the floor of the vertebral canal accompanied by sudden cardiopulmonary disturbances: low end-tidal carbon dioxide pressure, tachycardia and reduction in oxygen in the blood. One dog became dyspnoeic and one died.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Penderis, Professor Jacques and Gutierrez Quintana, Mr Rodrigo
Authors: Mortera-Balsa, V., van Oostrom, H., Yeamans, C., Gutierrez-Quintana, R., Penderis, J., and Granger, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Small Animal Practice
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0022-4510
ISSN (Online):1748-5827
Published Online:10 April 2017

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