Anesthetic management of diaphragmatic hernia repair in a dog: a case report and literature review of anesthetic techniques

Document Type : Scientific report


Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran


This case report describes the anesthetic management and ventilation technique in the surgical treatment
of traumatic diaphragmatic hernia in a dog. A 5-month-old 8-kg female terrier with a history of car accident
was presented for femoral fracture repair. Before anesthetic induction, marked tachypnea and dyspnea were
noted. Diaphragmatic hernia was diagnosed based upon radiographic and ultrasonographic findings.
Exploratory laparotomy revealed diaphragmatic rupture and herniation of spleen, omentum, parts of liver
lobes and stomach into the thoracic cavity. The importance of thorough physical examination and patient
assessment, anesthetic management and monitoring, provision of adequate ventilation and oxygenation
during surgery using standard ventilation equipment are discussed.