Complicated urethral rupture and scrotal urethrostomy in a Bongo antelope (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci)

Laura Fresno, Jesús Fernández-Morán, Hugo Fernández-Bellon, Anna Andaluz, Félix García-Arnas

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A 4-yr-old, 300-kg male Bongo antelope presented a fluctuant swelling on the ventral abdomen surrounding the penis, which was confirmed later as compatible with urethral rupture. Initial treatment included broad-spectrum antibiotic and radical surgical debridement. Total prepuce and partial penile amputation with orchidectomy was performed and normal micturition was restored. At a later stage, when the extent of the lesion was controlled, a permanent scrotal urethrostomy was performed. Complete healing by second intention was achieved 2 mo after the last surgery. Although the outcome was very good, considering the extent and severity of the tissue damage, prompt permanent urethrostomy when urethral rupture was first suspected would have prevented deterioration of the condition and prevented the need for extensive surgery. Copyright 2008 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-467
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008


  • Bongo
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Penile amputation
  • Scrotal urethrostomy
  • Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci
  • Urethral rupture


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