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Year : 2004
Tome : 155
Volume : 7
Pages : 381-384
Title : Congenital intestinal atresia in calves: 61 cases (1999-2003)
Authors : N. KILI and M. SARIERLER
Summary : A retrospective study of 61 calves afflicted with intestinal atresia was performed to determine typical signs of disease, treatment and outcome. All 61 calves, except 2 heifers with atresia ani and rectovaginal fistula, were examined when they were between 1 and 6 days old because of depression, anorexia, abdominal distention, and lack of feces. All calves had been observed to stand and suckle shortly after birth. Surgery was performed on 21 calves with atresia coli, involving decompression of the distended large intestine followed by colonic anastomosis. 13 calves were discharged. Early postoperative mortality was associated with hypothermia and peritonitis. Atresia ani was identificated in 39 calves. Five calf were euthanatized because of multiple deformities. The remaining 34 were treated via rectal pull-through to a perineal incision. Four calves died shortly after surgery. All 30 surviving calves progressed normally. Survival appeared to depend principally on early recognation, anatomic site affected, and successful surgical establishment of a potent intestinal tract.
Keywords : Calves- intestinal atresia- surgical correcture-outcome.
Correspondence : Dr. Nuh Kili
Adress : Depatment of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Adnan Menderes, 09016, Aydin, Turkey e-mail: nuh_kilic44@hotmail.com
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