Use of a bipedicle mucoperiosteal flap to treat arterial haemorrhage from palatine ulcers in three cats

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-11
Journal / PublicationAustralian Veterinary Practitioner
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


A novel surgical treatment for palatine arterial haemorrhage secondary to hard palate ulceration is described in three cats. The owners first noticed external haemorrhage in all cases. Determination of the exact site of haemorrhage was not always possible on visual inspection because bleeding was intermittent. Severe anaemia was present in all cats and two cases required blood transfusion. Surgery was performed to ligate the palatine arteries and cover the ulcerated regions of hard palate with sliding bipedicle mucoperiosteal flaps. The flaps remained viable and stopped ongoing haemorrhage from the erosive lesions successfully in all cases.

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