Portal Vein Catheterization in Swine

Authors

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

Introduction

The portal vein may be catheterized to administer test substances free of the digestive processes or to withdraw blood samples prior to hepatic metabolism as well as blood flow studies. A complete description of the various techniques of catheterization has been published.1-4 Reference should be made to the Intravascular Catheterization in Swine: General Principles fact sheet on this web site.

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