Technical Note: Surgical establishment of esophageal fistulae in suckling calves
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CitationAdams, D. C., Short, R. E., Pfister, J. A., Peterson, K. R., & Hudson, D. B. (1991). Technical note: Surgical establishment of esophageal fistulae in suckling calves. Journal of Range Management, 44(6), 628-629.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractEsophageal fistulae were established in five 34-day-old suckling calves by a modified surgical procedure used previously for sheep and goats. After skin incision, the esophagus was exposed by separating the brachiocephalicus and sternocephalicus muscles. A cannula was inserted into the esophagus after a longitudinal incision was made into the lumen of the esophagus. Sutures were not used in the esophagus. The calves recovered quickly with moderate post-operative swelling. We concluded that the surgical procedure was satisfactory and that diets were collected readily and without fistulae shrinkage.