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An alternative method of endotracheal intubation of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus).

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Aurelie Thomas, Dr Matthew Leach, Emeritus Professor Paul FlecknellORCiD


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Endotracheal intubation was carried out in 11 common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). A commercially available tilting stand and a Miller laryngoscope blade were used to visualize the larynx. Anaesthesia was induced with alphaxalone (10.6 +/- 1.6 mg/kg intramuscularly, followed by 3.2 +/- 1.2 mg/kg intravenously). The diameter of the proximal trachea easily fitted an endotracheal tube made from readily available material (a 12 G over the needle' catheter). Once the tip of the endotracheal tube was at the level of the vocal folds, the tube had to be gently rotated through a 180 angle in order to pass through the larynx into the trachea. Assessment of the dimensions of the larynx and trachea, and comparison with external anatomical features of the animals (n = 10) showed that the length of the trachea could be predicted by multiplying the craniosacral length of the marmoset by a factor of 0.42.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Thomas AA, Leach MC, Flecknell PA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Laboratory Animals

Year: 2012

Volume: 46

Issue: 1

Pages: 71-76

Print publication date: 01/01/2012

ISSN (print): 0023-6772

ISSN (electronic): 1758-1117

Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.


DOI: 10.1258/la.2011.011092

PubMed id: 22048957


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