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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1991 Jan 15;198(2):267-70.

Sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis in three dogs.

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Department of Veterinary Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843.


A condition resembling human sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis was identified in 3 young large-breed dogs. All 3 dogs had similar clinical signs: ascites, vomiting, and excessive borborygmus. The condition was discovered at laparotomy and confirmed histologically. Laparotomy revealed a sac-like formation totally or partially occupying the peritoneal cavity. The predominant histologic abnormality was marked peritoneal and serosal fibrosis. None of the dogs had a favorable response to treatment, and euthanasia was performed because of development of abdominal distention.

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