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


Corresponding author email: denis@equinespecialists.eu; dv@sund.ku.dk. Present address: Department of Large Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Hojbakkegaerd Allé 5, 2630 Taastrup, Denmark.


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.