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4 October 2021 Use of Retrograde Intubation as an Alternative Maneuver to Secure a Difficult Airway in a Spiny Soft-Shell Turtle (Apalone spinifera)
Bridget J. Savitske, Jane Quandt, Stephen Divers
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A spiny soft-shell turtle (Apalone spinifera) underwent coelioscopy after a 6 month history of anorexia and persistent leukocytosis. A laryngeal mass obstructed the glottis and prevented standard orotracheal intubation. Use of a red rubber catheter through a midventral cervical tracheostomy facilitated orotracheal intubation and maintenance by inhalant anesthesia. This method of intubation should be considered as an option for intubation in the chelonian if access to the glottis is impaired.

Bridget J. Savitske, Jane Quandt, and Stephen Divers "Use of Retrograde Intubation as an Alternative Maneuver to Secure a Difficult Airway in a Spiny Soft-Shell Turtle (Apalone spinifera)," Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery 31(3), 164-167, (4 October 2021). https://doi.org/10.5818/JHMS-D-20-00010
Published: 4 October 2021
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Anesthesia
Apalone spinifera
intubation
Soft-shell turtle
tracheostomy
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