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Vet Anaesth Analg. 2004 Jul;31(3):227-30.

Unstable endobronchial intubation in a cat undergoing tracheal laceration repair.

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Anaesthesia section, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.


A peri-carinal tracheal laceration was produced in a 11-year-old cat during tracheal intubation. Before reconstructive surgery began, the leak was bypassed with an endobronchial tube positioned using endoscopy and direct vision. However, single-lung ventilation could not be sustained because the tube became dislodged and could not be repositioned. Consequently, surgery was completed with periods of intermittent apnoea interspersed with manually controlled hyperventilation. Cardiovascular variables were stable during anaesthesia and no signs of hypoxia were detected. The difficulties in maintaining endobronchial tube position resulted from the animal's small size relative to the dimensions of the endotracheal tube.

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