Atypical presentation of caecal perforation in two horses

S. N. Gray, Julie E Dechant, S. Yamout, D. V. Devine, M. J. Schoonover

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This case report describes retroperitoneal and subserosal emphysema as the primary indication of a caecal perforation associated with an episode of colic. Feed contamination was not noted on repeated peritoneal fluid samples or within the peritoneal cavity at the time of surgery; however, subserosal and retroperitoneal emphysema at the base of the caecum was identified during surgical exploration, which later corresponded to retroperitoneal caecal perforation at necropsy examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-425
Number of pages4
JournalEquine Veterinary Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2014


  • Caecum
  • Colic
  • Emphysema
  • Horse
  • Peritonitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine


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