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28 January 2022 Surgical Repair of a Complete Transverse Tracheal Rupture in a Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos)
Jordan E. Adair, Gary L. Riggs
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Abstract

An adult male mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) of unknown age was presented for acute intermittent respiratory distress that resolved when at rest. The duck had no history or evidence of trauma and had never been intubated. Radiographic imaging revealed a 1-cm tracheal defect at the level of the sixth vertebra. Surgical correction of the defect was pursued, during which a complete transverse tracheal rupture of unknown origin was identified. The separated tracheal sections were successfully anastomosed without resection of any tracheal rings. Tracheoscopy performed 2 months after the surgical procedure revealed healthy mucosa at the anastomosis site with a slight narrowing of the tracheal lumen.

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Jordan E. Adair and Gary L. Riggs "Surgical Repair of a Complete Transverse Tracheal Rupture in a Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos)," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 35(4), 451-456, (28 January 2022). https://doi.org/10.1647/19-00026
Published: 28 January 2022
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