Recurrent colic in the mature horse: A retrospective review of 58 cases
Article first published online: 23 APR 2010
© 1997 EVJ Ltd
Equine Veterinary Journal
Volume 29, Issue 6, pages 421–424, November 1997
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HILLYER, M. H. and MAIR, T. S. (1997), Recurrent colic in the mature horse: A retrospective review of 58 cases. Equine Veterinary Journal, 29: 421–424. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.1997.tb03152.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2010
- recurrent colic;
- spasmodic colic;
The clinical features of 58 horses presenting with recurrent colic examined over a 5 year period were reviewed. The horses were categorised into 3 groups on the basis of the history of colic episodes. Recurrent transient colic Group 1 was characterised by 3 or more episodes of transient colic (of apparently similar type) occurring within one month. Recurrent transient colic Group 2 was characterised by 3 or more episodes of transient colic occurring within one year. Recurrent prolonged colic was characterised by 3 or more episodes of prolonged colic occurring within one year.
Fifteen horses were classified as recurrent transient colic Group 1. This group had the highest mortality rate 53%. They included 3 horses with lymphosarcoma, 2 with intussusceptions, 2 with thromboembolic disease/verminous arteritis and 2 with partial ileal obstructions. The recurrent transient colic Group 2 comprised 27 cases with a mortality rate of 4%. Nine of these horses were affected by spasmodic colic. The recurrent prolonged group involved 16 horses with a mortality rate of 31%. These included 3 cases of recurrent colonic impaction and 2 cases each of lymphosarcoma, 2 thromboembolic disease, 2 partial ileal obstructions and 2 intestinal adhesions.