Surgical treatment for colic in the foal (67 cases): 1980-1992

N. J. Vatistas, J. R. Snyder, William D Wilson, Christiana Drake, Susan Hildebrand

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Sixty-seven foals age <150 days underwent a ventral celiotomy for colic. Of the 67 foals, 51 foals (82%) recovered from anaesthesia and 42 (63%) were subsequently released from the hospital. Three (6%) of the 51 foals were subjected to a repeat celiotomy. Long term follow-up was available on 36 foals. Twenty-nine (57%) of the 51 foals recovered from anaesthesia, were alive at least 2 years following surgery. Adhesions were identified in 8 (17%) of the foals which recovered from general anaesthesia but were subsequently subjected to euthanasia due to recurrent colic. Strangulating lesions were associated with a lower survival rate. Nineteen per cent of foals with strangulating intestinal lesions survived >2 years following surgery, compared to 69% of foals with nonstrangulating lesions. The age of foals on admission had a significant effect on survival. Only 10% of foals less than 14 days of age survived, compared to 45.8% of foals between age 15 and 150 days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalEquine Veterinary Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1996


  • Colic
  • Foal
  • Horse
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine


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