Vascular Studies in Minipigs
M. Michael Swindle, DVM, Professor and Chairman, Department of Comparative Medicine, Medical University of SC, Charleston, SC 29425
Vascular surgical procedures and implantation of catheters and devices are common experimental procedures. Swine and especially miniature breeds are commonly used in experimental and preclinical trials for devices and procedures. This includes such procedures as creating aneurysms and treating them with medicated stents. Other manuscripts on this website describe the surgical and non-surgical implantation of catheters for infusion and blood collection as well as venipuncture techniques. This manuscript reviews common surgical procedures and experimental studies involving the blood vessels of swine. Complete descriptions of many of these techniques have been described.