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1 September 2009 Successful Transabdominal Subxiphoid Pericardiostomy to Relieve Chronic Pericardial Effusion in a Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelli)
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A 46-yr-old female Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelli) was first diagnosed with pericardial effusion in July 2006. Pericardiocentesis performed in January 2007 only provided short-term relief. In May 2007, a pericardial-peritoneal window was created using a transabdominal subxiphoid pericardiostomy technique, providing immediate and long-term relief. Seven months later, the orangutan was euthanized due to worsening heart failure, and no pericardial effusion was present. Transabdominal subxiphoid pericardiostomy offers a straightforward surgical approach that can provide significant relief in cases of chronic pericardial effusion in great apes.

P. K. Robbins, Geoffrey W. Pye, Meg Sutherland-Smith, Rebecca Papendick, Mark Greenberg, Denis Levy, and Michael Madani "Successful Transabdominal Subxiphoid Pericardiostomy to Relieve Chronic Pericardial Effusion in a Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelli)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 40(3), 564-567, (1 September 2009). https://doi.org/10.1638/2008-0093.1
Received: 7 June 2008; Published: 1 September 2009
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