Cholelith causing duodenal obstruction in a horse.

S. Laverty, John Pascoe, J. W. Williams, K. A. Funk

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A 10-year-old Appaloosa stallion was referred for evaluation of colic. At admission, the heart rate, capillary refill time, respiratory rate, and rectal temperature were high. Fifteen liters of reflux was obtained by nasogastric intubation. Palpation of an abdominal mass per rectum elicited signs of pain. At exploratory laparotomy, a mass was palpated in the ascending portion of the duodenum. The small intestine ruptured at the site of obstruction during manipulation. The horse was euthanatized. A large cholelith was the cause of the duodenal obstruction. At necropsy, multiple choleliths of various sizes were found in the pancreatic and common bile ducts and in the stomach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-752
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1992

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  • veterinary(all)


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