Chronic Intravascular Intervention in Swine: General Principles

Authors

M. Michael Swindle, DVM, Professor and Chairman, Department of Comparative Medicine, Medical University of SC, Charleston, SC 29425

Introduction

Insertion of intravascular catheters for administration of test substances and withdrawal of blood samples is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in research. Comprehensive reviews of the subject, specific to swine, have been published.1,2 This manuscript provides a practical guide to general principals involving surgical implantation and maintenance of chronic intravascular catheters in swine.

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