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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 1997 Aug;13(2):261-301.

Surgery of the small intestine.

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University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, USA.


Although earlier reports describe a poor prognosis for small intestinal surgery in the horse, there is growing evidence that the short-term survival rate can exceed 80%. In addition to advancements in surgery and aftercare, early referral contributes considerably to the improved prognosis. Surgical procedures that restore anatomic and physiologic continuity to close to normal can minimize postoperative complications. Jejunojejunostomy carries a better prognosis than jejunocecostomy, probably because the latter involves anastomosis between two intestinal segments with dissimilar functions. Careful technique can reduce the prevalence of complications, such as postoperative ileus and serosal adhesions.

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