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Keywords:

  • horse;
  • laparoscopy;
  • haemoperitoneum;
  • castration;
  • haemorrhage;
  • electrocoagulation

Summary

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.