Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220922
Title: The use of a 3D-printed prosthesis in a Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) with squamous cell carcinoma of the casque
Authors: Xie, Shangzhe
CAI BOHONG 
Rasidi, Ellen
YEN CHING-CHIUAN 
Hsu, Chia-da
CHOW WAI TUNG 
De Busscher, Virginie
Hsu, Li Chieh
Keywords: Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
SURGICAL GUIDES
3D
SURGERY
Issue Date: 13-Aug-2019
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Xie, Shangzhe, CAI BOHONG, Rasidi, Ellen, YEN CHING-CHIUAN, Hsu, Chia-da, CHOW WAI TUNG, De Busscher, Virginie, Hsu, Li Chieh (2019-08-13). The use of a 3D-printed prosthesis in a Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) with squamous cell carcinoma of the casque. PLOS ONE 14 (8). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220922
Abstract: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. The advent of new technologies in medical imaging and 3D printing in recent years has made customization of surgical tools and implants more accessible, revolutionizing many surgical fields. In many human diseases, these implants have led to superior surgical outcomes and greatly improved patients’ quality of life. Thus, it is of great interest to apply these technologies to the treatment of animal diseases. In this study, we report the use of computed tomography (CT) and 3D printing for the treatment of a Great Hornbill at Jurong Bird Park that was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the casque. A 3D printed prosthesis that perfectly fitted the subject was implanted to replace its resected casque. The subject exhibited natural eating behaviour with no post-operative complications. Using this case as an example, the positive outcomes suggest a great potential in applying these technologies to the treatment of other wildlife diseases.
Source Title: PLOS ONE
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/168912
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0220922
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