Hogle Zoo monkey gets sinus operation

Wednesday , December 19, 2012 - 10:11 AM


SALT LAKE CITY — One of the monkeys at Hogle Zoo got some of the best medical help for a sinus problem.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a nasal specialist from the School of Medicine at the University of Utah School operated Tuesday on the 15-year-old howler monkey Eli.

Professor of Surgery Richard Orlandi flushed Eli’s nostrils with guidance from tiny camera scopes.

It marked the first time Orlandi operated on a monkey. But the doctor says monkey sinuses are similar to a human’s.

Eli had been coughing for two months and had a thick, white nasal discharge. A CT scan showed the howler monkey had severe sinusitis.

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