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Successful management of intestinal pseudo-obstruction in a dog
  1. Kevin Murtagh1,
  2. Lucy Oldroyd2,
  3. Lorenzo Ressel3 and
  4. Daniel Batchelor1
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Small Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool, Cheshire, UK
  2. 2Abbey Veterinary Services, Devon, UK
  3. 3Diagnostic Pathology Service, Neston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Kevin Murtagh, e-mail: kevinm{at}


Chronic IPO (CIPO) is typically primary, caused by intestinal leiomyositis, and causes intermittent gastrointestinal signs and weight loss. The aetiology of CIPO remains poorly understood but may represent an immune-mediated destruction of intestinal smooth muscle cells of CIPO in the dog using immunosuppressive corticosteroid therapy.

  • Abdominal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Immune mediated diseases
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