A technique for partial marsupialisation of the spleen in calves

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1980
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Department of Veterinary Services
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SPLENECTOMY is commonly used in research on haemotropic disease. Various techniques of splenectomy in domestic and wild animals have been described. Quinlan and others (1935) outlined problems using the paralumbar approach in various species. Rib resection as a technique gaining easy access to the spleen in the horse was described by Witzel and Mullenax (1964). Kumar and others (1970) described a similar approach in buffalo calves by resecting the 12th rib. Access to the spleen by this method was found to be easier than the approaches through the left flank, left paracostal and the linea alba. Techniques of partial marsupialisation of the spleen to allow repeated aspirations appear to have been reported only in the dog (Swisher and Dale 1955). A technique for the translocation and subcutaneous fixation of the spleen to facilitate direct splenic aspiration in calves is described here. The 12th rib resection method was used.
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