Use of propofol for induction and maintenance of anesthesia in a barn owl (Tyto alba) undergoing tracheal resection

Khursheed R. Mama, Lyndsay Phillips, Peter J Pascoe

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Abstract

An adult barn owl (Tyto alba) was evaluated for respiratory distress. A partial proximal tracheal obstruction was diagnosed, and surgical resection of the affected segment was elected. Anesthesia was induced with 4 mg i.v. propofol and maintained with 0.5 mg/kg/min propofol by continuous i.v. infusion. Heart rate, direct arterial blood pressure, respiratory rate, and arterial blood gases were measured prior to and during the anesthetic period. Mean arterial blood pressure decreased from 148 mm Hg to 130 mm Hg transiently following anesthetic induction. Arterial blood gas values were within normal limits (carbon dioxide = 34.3 mm Hg and oxygen = 86.7 mm Hg 15 min following induction). No complications were noted, and recovery was timely and uneventful. These results suggest that propofol may be used as an intravenous anesthetic for short surgical procedures in barn owls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-401
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume27
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1996

Keywords

  • Barn owl
  • Intravenous anesthesia
  • Propofol
  • Tracheal resection
  • Tyto alba

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • veterinary(all)

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