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Pectus Excavatum

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Pectus excavatum is a condition where the sternum is deformed and in severe cases can cause respiratory distress. Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, performs the splinting procedure to correct this deformity in a kitten.

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Rachel Swithenbank-Duncan's picture

We had a 2 week old lab mix puppy present with a flatten sternum. Our doctor is does not do many, if any, corrective or repair procedures, he likes to run a preventative practice. He just advised the client to keep a watch and if she notices any adverse changes to take the pup to the E.R hospital. I get so disappointed with the exciting things we get maybe once a week and he just sends them to a specialist.

Katharine Haughton's picture

Never seen or heard of this before, but what a cool, relatively simple procedure! How many of these do you see?

Megan Brashear's picture

Katharine, I've been at DoveLewis for 13 years and this is the first one I've been involved in treating! In a quick poll taken in the hospital it's a relatively rare procedure (at least in our collective experience) and we were really excited to have the opportunity to film it.

Chantal Faraudo's picture

What a great video and procedure! I wonder if this causes much pain for the kitty over the next 6 weeks?

Megan Brashear's picture

Chantal, as far as pain management goes, we treated this kitty similar to a cat with a fracture - fentanyl CRI, fentanyl patch, over to buprenorphine when able and TGH. Cage restriction etc. Being a young cat this guy did great, didn't seem to be too painful, more annoyed with the chest wrap he had to endure!

Chairity  Gilbert 's picture

The old hospital I used to work at, during the eight months I was there, if memory serves correctly I saw three of these, all in cats.