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Della Santa, Daniele; Rossi, Federica; Carlucci, Fabio; Vignoli, Massimo; Kircher, Patrick (2008). Ultrasound-guided retrieval of plant awns. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound, 49(5):484-486.

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In dogs, surgical removal of plant awns causing a foreign body granuloma or abscess may be challenging. The inability to localize the foreign body during surgical removal often leads to abscess recurrence. In this report, we describe ultrasound-guided retrieval as an alternative to standard surgical retrieval in animals where the plant awn can be identified sonographically. This procedure was used in six dogs with a superficial abscess due to a plant awn, and in all dogs the foreign body was successfully retrieved with Hartmann forceps. No complication was observed and no abscess recurred. Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided plant awn retrieval appears to be a safe effective method of retrieving superficially located plant awns in the dog.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Deposited On:20 Jul 2012 12:59
Last Modified:14 Jun 2016 08:01
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1740-8261.2008.00413.x
PubMed ID:18833960

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