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Veterinarian Technician August 2012 (Vol 33, No 8)

Final View: A “Sticky” Situation

by Sandy Ramatowski, LVT

    Osi—a 3-month-old, 38-lb, intact Newfoundland—was let outside as usual one morning. After being in the backyard for a short time, he was let inside and immediately vomited four times. The owner rushed Osi to our hospital. On initial examination, Randy Mortimer, DVM, noted excessive swallowing and retching when Osi’s throat was palpated. Osi was uncomfortable, and his abdomen felt gassy, but no one expected what we found next. Palpation of the esophagus revealed a firm, long object. Radiography confirmed the presence of an object extending from the esophagus to the stomach (FIGURE 1) .

    Osi was immediately anesthetized for an endoscopic procedure  (FIGURE 2; FIGURE 3). To our great amazement, a 16-inch stick was retrieved during the procedure  (FIGURE 4; FIGURE 5). Osi recovered within minutes of the procedure with no complications. He was back home—safe, sound, and happy  (FIGURE 6) —with his owners that night!

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