Uterine torsion associated with small intestinal incarceration in a mare at 126 days of gestation

D. C. Ruffin From the Department of Large Animal Surgery and Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5522.

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J. Schumacher From the Department of Large Animal Surgery and Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5522.

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J. S. Comer From the Department of Large Animal Surgery and Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5522.

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  • Uterine torsion in pregnant mares generally occurs during the later stages of gestation.

  • Uterine torsion causes signs of abdominal pain that may be mistaken for gastrointestinal tract obstruction; however, gastrointestinal tract obstruction, such as small intestinal incarceration or large colon torsion, can occur in conjunction with uterine torsion.

  • Correction of torsion of the uterus may involve a rolling technique, flank laparotomy, or ventral midline celiotomy.

  • Uterine torsion in pregnant mares generally occurs during the later stages of gestation.

  • Uterine torsion causes signs of abdominal pain that may be mistaken for gastrointestinal tract obstruction; however, gastrointestinal tract obstruction, such as small intestinal incarceration or large colon torsion, can occur in conjunction with uterine torsion.

  • Correction of torsion of the uterus may involve a rolling technique, flank laparotomy, or ventral midline celiotomy.

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