A CASE OF COLON DISPLACEMENT IN A HORSE IN GHANA

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A CASE OF COLON DISPLACEMENT IN A HORSE IN GHANA

HISTORY:

A call came through around 8:30 pm complaining of colic in Lydia. The Veterinary team visited quickly to attend to Lydia. Lydia was reportedly normal in the morning before all horses were released to the field to graze. Around 5 pm, however, Lydia was observed showing signs of colic. Her last stool passed was loose

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION:

  • sweating and severe signs of discomfort
  • congested mucus membrane
  • abdominal sounds were absent
  • tachypnea
  • mucoid discharge from the anus
  • very severe pain
  • about 50cm superficial laceration on the left flank

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RECTAL PALPATION

  • rectal palpation revealed colon displacement to the left
  • extreme signs of pain during the rectal palpation was observed such that she even tried sitting down during the palpation

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

  • left dorsal displacement of the large colon
  • caecal impaction
  • colitis

TREATMENT PLAN the 

  • release the torsion
  • Relieve possible obstruction
  • relieve abdominal pain

CONCLUSION

Lydia passed and the postmortem confirmed that there was torsion in the gastrointestinal tract

 

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Dr. Enoch Obeng is a Veterinary Surgeon certified by the Veterinary council of Ghana. He graduated from the school of veterinary Medicine, University of Ghana. He has passion for and love animals which led him into training to become a veterinary Surgeon. His patience, humility, dynamism and adaptability enable him to execute tasks under pressure and make difficult tasks appear simple. His experience in general practice brings him closer to nature and his animal patients. Enoch Obeng is entrepreneurial and has a number of businesses registered to his name