Laparoscopic cauterisation of the testicular arteries to manage haemoperitoneum in a gelding


  • Dr M. A. Muurlink's present address: The University of Queensland Equine Hospital, School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, Queensland 4343, Australia.



A Thoroughbred gelding had chronic episodic intra-abdominal haemorrhage following standing castration, presumed to originate from a testicular artery. No coagulopathy could be detected and resolution of haemorrhage was achieved by laparoscopic electrocoagulation of both testicular arteries 6 weeks after castration. Blood drained from the abdomen during surgery was filtered then auto-transfused. Post operative complications included pigmenturia, incisional pain and large colon impaction.