Ferroscopy for detection of metallic foreign body in traumatic pericarditis and pleural effusions in cattle and buffaloes
Tufail Hussain, Ashwani Kumar, Ashwani Kumar and Baljinder Kumar Bansal
This study was conducted on 50 bovines including 33 buffaloes and 17 cattle. Animals included in the study were confirmed cases of traumatic pericarditis (n=38) and pleural effusions (n=12). Ferroscopic examination was done in all animals for foreign bodies in the reticulorumen around 5th to 10th intercostal space. Results of ferroscopy were correlated with radiographic and ultrasonographic findings. Among animals suffering from traumatic pericarditis foreign body was detectable cranial to 6th intercostal space in 21 out of 38 animals, however radiography could reveal a penetrating foreign body in 13 animals only. Also in more than 65% cases of traumatic pericarditis foreign body was detectable on the left side. Radiography missed foreign body in all cases suffering from pleural effusions, but it was detectable on ferroscopy in 5 out of 12 animals selected. Therefore, ferroscopy is a useful tool for confirmation of foreign bodies in cases suspected for traumatic pericarditis and pleural effusion in field practices where facilities for radiography and ultrasonography are not available.
Tufail Hussain, Ashwani Kumar, Ashwani Kumar and Baljinder Kumar Bansal. Ferroscopy for detection of metallic foreign body in traumatic pericarditis and pleural effusions in cattle and buffaloes. 2018; 6(1): 23-26.