Catastrophic gastric rupture in a horse secondary to psyllium pharmacobezoars

Thomas C. Bergstrom, R. Russell Sakai, Jorge E. Nieto

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A mare was euthanized because of gastric rupture secondary to complete duodenal obstruction by 2 bezoars located in the pylorus and proximal duodenum. Infrared spectroscopy showed that the bezoars were composed of psyllium. The mare had been receiving treatment with a pelleted psyllium product at 4 times the recommended dosage. Veterinarians should be aware that treatment of colic in horses with pelleted psyllium products could be associated with gastric impaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-253
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Veterinary Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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