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Testicular artery ligation at the deep inguinal ring to control postoperative haemorrhage in a feline castration
  1. Paul Maza
  1. Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul Maza; psm26{at}


An approximately four-year-old male intact feral domestic short-haired cat was presented to a feral cat sterilisation clinic in September 2015. Closed castration was performed in routine fashion. Significant postsurgical haemorrhage was observed, coming from the incisions in the scrotum. Typical conservative therapy was not possible because the cat was feral and could not be contained and handled for treatment. The patient was prepared for a ventral mid-line approach. The testicular arteries were ligated within the peritoneal cavity as they entered the deep inguinal rings. Bleeding from the scrotum stopped within seconds. Complications from feline castration are uncommon, but when significant haemorrhage is encountered, references cite entering the abdomen but do not describe the specific anatomy or surgical techniques employed to resolve haemorrhage. This case report describes a situation in which such actions were taken, with details on this previously unreported procedure such that others may be able to repeat it as necessary.

  • cats
  • anatomy
  • clinical practice
  • surgery
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