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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Successful outcome after surgical correction of large colon atresia in a colt foal

Skov Hansen, S.; Mattei, C.; Treffenberg Pettersson, H.; Grabski, M.

Abstract

This report describes successful surgical correction and long-term survival of a case of large colon atresia in a 24-h-old Warmblood colt, referred with signs of unrelenting abdominal pain and a suspicion of meconium impaction. Radiographic and ultrasonographic examination was indicative of large colon meconium impaction with secondary ileus. Due to deterioration of the foal, surgery was recommended. An atretic segment was found between the left ventral and dorsal large (ascending) colon. A band of fibrous tissue with no identifiable lumen connected the segments. Surgical correction was done by performing a stapled side-to-side anastomosis. Twelve days after surgery, the foal was discharged. Twenty-two months after discharge, the owner reported the foal developing as expected compared with its peers, but had a mild, self-limiting episode of colic at 20 months of age.

Keywords

horse; atresia; colic; anastomosis; foal; congenital

Published in

Equine Veterinary Education
2021, volume: 33, number: 11, pages: e433-e437
Publisher: WILEY

Authors' information

Skov Hansen, Sabrina
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University Animal Hospital
Mattei, Chiara
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University Animal Hospital
Treffenberg Pettersson, Helena
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University Animal Hospital
Grabski, M.
Equi Vet Serwis Equine Hosp

UKÄ Subject classification

Clinical Science

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/eve.13364

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/108255