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Large Bowel Displacement in Horses
by Robert N. Oglesby DVM


Introduction » Causes » Clinical Signs » Physical Exam » Prognosis » Nephrosplenic » Right Dorsal Displacement » Twists » More Info 

Large bowel displacement is a fairly common cause of serious colic in horses. Displacement means the large bowel has moved out of it's normal position and includes:
  • Left dorsal displacement also called renosplenic ligament entrapment
  • Right dorsal displacement of the colon
  • Volvulus or torsion (twisted) colon that varies from a slight twist to completely twisted (>360 degrees)
  • Cranial displacement of the left colon (pelvic flexure)
  • Herniation of the colon into the diaphragm, gastrosplenic ligament, and the mesentary connected to the colon (mesocolin)

The clinical signs of displacement are quite variable sometimes causing a chronic recurring low grade colic and other times starting off with mild signs of pain and progressively worsening. In the case of remarkable displacement the colic begins as severe pain and the horse rapidly degenerates. This article consists of a review of clinical signs, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of these diseases of the large colon.
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      ~Last Updated: July 27, 2016;
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Discussions on Large Colon Displacement, and Twists
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iconResearch Summary: Risk factors for large colon volvulus in the UKFeb 23, 13
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iconResearch Study: Smectite for the Prevention of Post-Op Diarrhea Jan 14, 09
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iconUpdated Article on Large Bowel Displacement May 27, 06
iconLCV - unresolved complications.... Oct 26, 05
iconNephrosplenic entrpament - conservative treatment, prognosis??Apr 11, 07
iconPrognosis for Surgery SurvivorJun 3, 04
iconTwisted gut12 Aug 5, 04
icon2yr old - nephrospenic entrapmentAug 3, 01
iconChronic nephrosplenic entrapment?Aug 27, 01
iconPost colic surgical bleeding23 Jul 8, 02
iconClosing of Nephrosplenic SpaceNov 2, 04
iconColic Mystery Solved - But Too Late24 Dec 29, 02
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