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Thoracic sinus tract secondary to a wooden skewer penetrating the vertebral canal in a dog
  1. Martin Hamon,
  2. Nicolas Barthelemy,
  3. Geraldine Bolen and
  4. Stephanie Claeys
  1. Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephanie Claeys, Stephanie.Claeys{at}


A six-year-old neutered male mixed breed dog was referred to the hospital for investigation of a thoracic sinus tract located caudal to the right axillary region. CT scan revealed the presence of a 17-cm-long intrathoracic foreign body surrounded by an inflammatory granuloma located in the dorsal mediastinum from T7 to T12. It entered the vertebral canal from T4 to T2, causing a medullary compression of 25 per cent of the canal diameter. A right ninth intercostal thoracotomy was performed to reach the intrathoracic portion of the foreign body. The foreign body, a wooden skewer, penetrated the dorsal part of the right caudal lung lobe. Lung lobectomy using a stapler was therefore performed. The foreign body was then gently removed from the vertebral canal. No intraoperative or postoperative complications occurred. Twelve months after surgery, owners confirmed full recovery of the dog.

  • Dogs
  • Imaging
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Soft tissue surgery
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