A review of venipuncture sites in Alligator mississippiensis with anatomical description of a novel venipuncture site
Here we describe and illustrate the sites of venipuncture in the alligator using CT reconstructions, cross-sectional anatomy, and traditional dissection. We also describe the clinical approach for each venipuncture site and describe a novel site for venipuncture in crocodilians, the lateral occipital sinus. Based on the authors' experience, the lateral occipital sinuses offer the safest, simplest, and most consistent access for venipuncture in the alligator. Future studies should examine other crocodilian species to confirm the presence of the lateral occipital sinuses.
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Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007)
Wilhite, R., & Nevarez, J. (2022). A review of venipuncture sites in Alligator mississippiensis with anatomical description of a novel venipuncture site. Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007), 305 (10), 3031-3036. https://doi.org/10.1002/ar.24995