Recurrence of renosplenic entrapment after renosplenic space ablation in a seven-year-old stallion

Emily A. Barrell, J. Lacy Kamm, Dean A. Hendrickson

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Case Description-A 7-year-old mixed-breed stallion was admitted because of colic. Clinical Findings-Entrapment of the left colon in the renosplenic space was diagnosed via rectal palpation and ultrasonographic examination, despite a renosplenic space ablation 6.5 years earlier. Treatment and Outcome-The renosplenic entrapment was corrected with a combination of phenylephrine administration, rolling, and ballottement of the horse's abdomen during general anesthesia. The following week, left flank laparoscopic renosplenic space ablation was performed with the horse standing. On examination of the previous surgical site, only 4 bands of fibrous adhesion remained of the original space ablation. The renosplenic space was again closed by suturing the perirenal fascia and renosplenic ligament to the splenic capsule. The horse was discharged from the hospital and recovered at home. No complications or recurrence of entrapment was reported following the procedure. Clinical Relevance-There have been no previous reports of recurrence of renosplenic entrapment following procedures to permanently ablate the renosplenic space. Recurrence in this patient may be attributed to the horse's young age at the time of initial surgery or inadequate size or spacing of the sutures through the perirenal fascia and splenic capsule.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-507
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2011

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