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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2005 Jul 15;227(2):253-6, 236-7.

Volvulus of the colon in four dogs.

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  • 1Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA 01536, USA.


Four dogs were examined because of vomiting of 7 to 48 hours' duration. Gas-distended segments of intestine were identified radiographically in all dogs, but the affected portion of the intestinal tract could not always be identified as the colon. Volvulus of the colon was diagnosed during surgery in all 4 dogs. Gastrocolopexy was performed following derotation of the colon in 3 of the dogs. In 1 dog, a colectomy and an ileorectal anastomosis were performed. All 4 dogs survived. Volvulus of the colon should be considered as a cause of vomiting of short duration in dogs for which there is radiographic evidence of intestinal dilatation.

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