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1 December 2006 Endoscopic Removal of a Bullet From the Cranial Thoracic Air Sac of a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
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A 9-month-old, 630-g male peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) was admitted for examination with a history of a suspected traumatic injury acquired during training. A circular, 5-mm diameter wound was found in the skin overlying the left pectoral muscle. A similar wound was located in the midline in the apertura thoracis cranialis (thoracic inlet). Radiographic examination revealed the presence of a bullet in the coelom on the midline, immediately ventral to the base of the heart. The shape of the bullet was consistent with those fired from an air-powered rifle. Endoscopy through a left lateral approach facilitated visualization of the bullet, which was then removed with a pair of flexible grasping forceps. This minimally invasive approach enabled removal of the foreign body without damage to vessels or internal organs.

Vladimir Jekl, Viktor Tukac, Karel Hauptman, Zora Knotkova, and Zdenek Knotek "Endoscopic Removal of a Bullet From the Cranial Thoracic Air Sac of a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 20(4), 242-246, (1 December 2006). https://doi.org/10.1647/1082-6742(2006)20[242:EROABF]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 December 2006
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