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J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2008 Jan-Feb;44(1):41-7.

Spontaneous reduction of intestinal intussusception in five young dogs.

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  • 1Section of Diagnostic Imaging, Companion Animal Clinic, Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Stavrou Voutyra 11 Street, 54627 Thessaloniki, Greece.


Five, 3- to 8-month-old dogs had clinical and ultrasonographic findings consistent with intestinal intussusception, but findings were negative on exploratory celiotomy. Ultrasonography had revealed a target-like mass (median maximal diameter 25 mm) on transverse section and multiple hyperechoic or hypoechoic parallel lines (median length 36.8 mm) on longitudinal section. Blood flow in the intussuscepted bowel was detected in most of the cases. In dogs with similar findings, the authors recommend ultrasonographic reexamination of the abdomen after general anesthesia (but before surgery) to exclude spontaneous reduction of the intussusception.

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