Postmortem evaluation of left flank laparoscopic access in an adult female giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Author(s)J. Cracknell, L. Dalrymple and R. Pizzi
Year Published2010
JournalVeterinary Medicine International
Page Numbers1-6
Size1.23 MB

There are still few reports of laparoscopy in megavertebrates. The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest land mammal, and the largest ruminant species. An 18-year-old multiparous female hybrid giraffe, weighing 650 kg, was euthanized for chronic health problems, and left flank laparoscopy was performed less than 30 minutes after death. Safe primary access was achieved under visualization using an optical bladed trochar (Visiport Plus, Tyco healthcare UK Ltd) without prior abdominal insufflation. A left paralumbar fossa approach allowed access to the spleen, rumen, left kidney, and intestines, but did not allow access to the reproductive tract which in nongravid females is intrapelvic in nature.

Key Words: Megavertebrates, laparoscopy, giraffe, paralumbar fossa, case report

Authors: J. Cracknell, L. Dalrymple and R. Pizzi

Journal: Veterinary Medicine International

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