Laparoscopic diagnosis of subcapsular splenic hematoma in a horse

Margo L. Mehl From the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164. Margo Mehl is a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University.

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Claude A. Ragle From the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164. Margo Mehl is a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University.

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Robert H. Mealey From the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164. Margo Mehl is a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University.

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Thomas L. Whooten From the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164. Margo Mehl is a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University.

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  • Splenic trauma is a serious, often life-threatening condition in horses.

  • Laparoscopy permits direct observation of the spleen and determination of the location and extent of any lesions, making diagnosis of splenic trauma easier.

  • Laparoscopy may help clinicians choose between splenectomy and conservative treatment for horses with splenic trauma.

  • Splenic trauma is a serious, often life-threatening condition in horses.

  • Laparoscopy permits direct observation of the spleen and determination of the location and extent of any lesions, making diagnosis of splenic trauma easier.

  • Laparoscopy may help clinicians choose between splenectomy and conservative treatment for horses with splenic trauma.

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