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Tongue entrapment by chew toys in two dogs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21029100     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Compression of a chew toy during regular play activity can create a vacuum effect eventually causing entrapment of oral tissues. Two cases of tongue entrapment are described, which resulted in severe tissue swelling, oedema and vascular obstruction. In the first dog, the toy was removed by the veterinary surgeon under general anaesthesia. Damage to the tongue proved to be reversible and the dog recovered uneventfully. In the second patient, the toy was forcefully removed by the owner. The resulting tongue necrosis required partial amputation. Treatment of this emergency condition consists of elimination of the negative pressure inside the toy by piercing it or even by insufflation of positive pressure inside the toy, and of an atraumatic manipulation to prevent further damage to the compromised tissues.
A Rubio; B Van Goethem; L Verhaert
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of small animal practice     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1748-5827     ISO Abbreviation:  J Small Anim Pract     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-29     Completed Date:  2010-12-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0165053     Medline TA:  J Small Anim Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  558-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Department of Small Animal Science and Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ghent, Salisburylaan 133, Merelbeke 9820, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Dogs / injuries*,  surgery
Play and Playthings*
Tongue / injuries*,  pathology,  surgery

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