Successful ventilatory management of post-anesthetic airway collapse and hypoxemia in a dog

Janet Aldrich, Kate Hopper, Lynelle Johnson, Steve Haskins

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Objective: To report a life-threatening complication (airway collapse) associated with a common procedure (anesthesia) and to describe its successful management. Case Summary: A dog without pre-existing signs of respiratory disease developed hypoxemia and severe atelectasis in the post-anesthetic recovery period and was demonstrated, by bronchoscopic examination, to have severe airway collapse. Mechanical ventilation was used to re-expand collapsed lung units and to prevent re-collapse. A ventilation strategy designed to minimize airway and alveolar trauma was used. The dog was successfully weaned from the ventilator and made a full recovery. Unique Information Provided: Acute, severe hypoxemia due to airway collapse occurred in the post-operative period in a dog with no signs of pre-existing respiratory disease. The dog was successfully managed with short-term mechanical ventilation. High frequency jet ventilation was used for a diagnostic bronchoscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Airway collapse
  • Atelectasis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • High frequency jet ventilation
  • Peep
  • Ventilator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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