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Splenectomy in a dressage pony: end of sports career?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12870176     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 14-year-old Arabian cross-bred gelding was referred to the University Clinic because of mild, recurrent signs of colic for 5 days. The pony showed icteric mucous membranes, haemolytic blood, and dark coloured urine. Internal examination did not give a clear diagnosis. Unidentified intra-abdominal strands were found and haemorrhagic abdominocentesis led to the decision to perform an exploratory laparatomy. An extremely enlarged spleen was the sole finding. A splenal biopsy sample was taken and surgery was completed. The pony remained colicky, so the spleen was examined by ultrasonography. After this examination, the tentative diagnosis 'tumour of the spleen' was made and splenectomy was performed. Pathological examination of the spleen revealed splenomegaly caused by infarctions of unknown origin. Eight weeks after surgery, the pony started again in dressage competition. Six months after splenectomy, the pony won the provincial dressage competition.
F E Westerduin; D P K Lankveld; M A van der Velden; W Back; M M Sloet van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tijdschrift voor diergeneeskunde     Volume:  128     ISSN:  0040-7453     ISO Abbreviation:  Tijdschr Diergeneeskd     Publication Date:  2003 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-21     Completed Date:  2003-09-26     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0031550     Medline TA:  Tijdschr Diergeneeskd     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  dut     Pagination:  406-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hoofdafdeling Gezondheidszorg Paard, Faculteit der Diergeneeskunde, Universiteit Utrecht, Yalelaan 12-16, 3584 CM Utrecht.
Vernacular Title:
Splenectomie bij een dressuurpony: einde sportcarrière?
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy / veterinary
Colic / surgery,  veterinary
Horse Diseases / pathology,  surgery*,  ultrasonography
Laparotomy / veterinary
Splenectomy / veterinary*
Splenomegaly / surgery,  ultrasonography,  veterinary*

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