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Sheep and goats
Fluoroscopy-guided removal of a bitten endotracheal tube in an adult sheep
  1. Miriam Lipiski,
  2. Thea Fleischmann,
  3. Mareike Sauer and
  4. Nikola Cesarovic
  1. Division of Surgical Research, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Miriam Lipiski; miriam.lipiski{at}


Summary A 60 kg female white alpine sheep accidentally bit its endotracheal tube during the recovery phase after an experimental surgical intervention. The distal tube portion had slipped down the trachea and was no longer visible in the laryngeal opening. The distal tube part could be recovered rapidly under fluoroscopic guidance using endoscopic forceps. The remaining recovery time was uneventful and the animal was able to complete the study with no complications.

  • sheep
  • anaesthesia
  • endotracheal tube
  • fluoroscopy
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  • Contributors All authors were part of the decribed procedure and contributed to the data recordings. ML was the primary author of this case report. TF, MS and NC contributed to the final version of this manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data statement Additional data can be made available to interested readers upon request.

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