Atypical presentation of caecal perforation in two horses

Authors

  • S. N. Gray,

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    1. William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California-Davis, Davis, California
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  • J. E. Dechant,

    1. Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Davis, California
    2. Boren Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.
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  • S. Yamout,

    1. Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Davis, California
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  • D. V. Devine,

    1. Boren Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.
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  • M. J. Schoonover

    1. Boren Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.
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Summary

This case report describes retroperitoneal and subserosal emphysema as the primary indication of a caecal perforation associated with an episode of colic. Feed contamination was not noted on repeated peritoneal fluid samples or within the peritoneal cavity at the time of surgery; however, subserosal and retroperitoneal emphysema at the base of the caecum was identified during surgical exploration, which later corresponded to retroperitoneal caecal perforation at necropsy examination.

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