Topography of the medullary cone of the feline night monkey: Clinical implications in epidural anesthesia

Daniela Regina Costa Silva, Carlos Felipe Santos Campos Ribeiro, Paola Cardias Soares, Ana Rita Lima, Érika Branco


The feline night monkey (Aotus azarae infulatus) is an arboreal primate that sleeps during the day hidden among branches of trees, leaving its hideout after nightfall. Little is known about the morphology of these animals, which leads to some difficulty in clinical and surgical approaches, as there has been substantial growth in the veterinarian's role in maintaining the health and well-being of wildlife. Thus, we sought to investigate the topography and morphometry of the medullary cone, a small portion of the nervous system of the feline night monkey, which is of paramount importance in approaches for epidural anesthesia. Specimens from five young females were used, each with eight lumbar vertebrae, three sacral vertebrae, and a medullary cone with an average length of 7.5 cm, located between L5 and S3. Based on this finding, we suggest that a probable site for the application of epidural anesthesia is the space between S3 and Cc1.


Aotus azarae infulatus, lumbar intumescence, nervous system, epidural anesthesia.

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