Hand-assisted laparoscopic adhesiolysis of extensive small intestinal adhesions in a mare after breeding injury


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In this article we report the course of disease in a mare following severe vaginal injury during natural cover. Although the genital injury healed completely, the mare developed extensive intra-abdominal intestinal adhesions causing complete small intestinal obstruction 2 years after the incident. The adhesion was not accessible during initial emergency laparotomy and a standing, hand-assisted laparoscopic adhesiolysis and jejuno-jejunal end-to-end anastomosis were subsequently performed. The mare was subjected to euthanasia 10 weeks after surgery due to recurrence of abdominal pain. The pertaining literature is discussed in regards to this case.