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Maxillary nerve block as part of a multimodal anaesthesia in a lactating red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) undergoing partial maxillectomy


A partial maxillectomy was performed in a four-year-old, 12-kg lactating female red-necked wallaby or Bennett’s wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) with a diagnosis of oral necrobacillosis or ‘lumpy jaw disease’. After intramuscular administration of dexmedetomidine and ketamine, anaesthesia was maintained with isoflurane in a mixture of oxygen and medical air. A maxillary nerve block was performed through the infraorbital canal with bupivacaine 0.5 per cent (0.2 ml/kg) to provide perioperative analgesia. Inhalant anaesthesia requirements gradually decreased during maintenance of anaesthesia. Oral tramadol was administered for postoperative pain management. During the following days, no behavioural or other signs of pain or discomfort were recorded. Physiological parameters stayed within reference values.

  • analgesia
  • maxillo-facial surgery
  • pain
  • wallaby
  • maxillary nerve block

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