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Veterinarian Technician September 2012 (Vol 33, No 9)

Final View: No More Potato Salad ... or Spoons

by Sarah Erber, Veterinary Technology Student

    spoon in the stomach

    Figure 1. A radiograph showing a spoon in the stomach.

    Rip—a 10-year-old, 118.8-lb (54-kg), intact male Great Dane—presented for swallowing a spoon while the owner fed him potato salad. Radiography showed the spoon in the patient’s stomach (FIGURE 1)

    The staff placed an intravenous catheter, induced anesthesia with propofol, intubated the patient, and administered isoflurane to maintain anesthesia. After the stomach was emptied using lavage and a stomach tube, the spoon was retrieved using endoscopy. The patient recovered uneventfully and went home, the owner took the spoon home to frame it, and I decided not to eat potato salad any time soon!

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