Alternative diagnoses in the colic patient.

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Despite clinical signs compatible with obstruction or ischemia of the gastrointestinal tract, the clinician occasionally is unable to identify a gastrointestinal cause for colic. In this article, disorders not originating from obstruction or ischemia of the gastrointestinal tract but causing real or apparent abdominal pain are presented as alternative causes of colic. In addition, colic of gastrointestinal origin may be the primary inciting factor or a secondary complication of an alternative disorder, causing colic-like signs. Recognition of alternative diagnoses relies on a thorough and consistent approach to the clinical assessment of the equine colic patient and helps to ensure appropriate patient management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-34
Number of pages18
JournalThe Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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