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Research article2013Peer reviewed

A giant nonstrangulating mesenteric lipoma as a cause of recurrent colic in a horse

Verwilghen, D.; Hernlund, E.; Ekman, S.; Pringle, J.; Johnston, C.; van Galen, G.


Colic is a major cause of veterinary attendance in general practice and although most colic episodes remain isolated, recurrence may occur and definitive diagnosis can be difficult to obtain. This report describes an unusual presentation of a lipoma in a middle-aged horse presented for recurrent colic. A massive lipoma causing a nonstrangulating space occupying obstruction of the small intestine was found during an exploratory celiotomy and was considered to be the most likely cause of the recurrent episodes of abdominal discomfort.


horse; colic; lipoma; recurrent

Published in

Equine Veterinary Education
2013, Volume: 25, number: 9, pages: 451-455

      SLU Authors

    • Verwilghen, Denis

      • Department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences