USE OF AN ESOPHAGOSTOMY TUBE FOR MANAGEMENT OF TRAUMATIC SUBTOTAL GLOSSECTOMY IN AN AFRICAN PYGMY HEDGEHOG (ATELERIX ALBIVENTRIS)

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Abstract

A 6-month-old intact male African pygmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) was presented for evaluation of a traumatic subtotal glossectomy. Physical examination revealed pale mucous membranes, mild dehydration, and a macerated tongue missing approximately 1 cm of the rostral tip. Severe anemia was identified via packed cell volume. The traumatic subtotal glossectomy was debrided and closed through primary intention. An esophagostomy tube was placed for nutritional support and medication administration. This report describes placement, maintenance, and successful use of this esophagostomy tube to manage severe oral trauma in a novel exotic pet species.

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