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Mammals (other)
Acquired epilepsy in a horse associated with colic surgery
  1. Tibor Rovel,
  2. Sabine Chahory and
  3. Dagmar Trachsel
  1. National Veterinary School of Alfort, Maisons-Alfort, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tibor Rovel, rovel.tibor{at}


Literature is sparse about seizures in adult horses and this affection often carries a poor prognosis for further riding or athletic use. The authors present a case of an adult horse showing recurrent focal seizures and neurological deficits indicative of central blindness occurring during an episode of colic which was resolved surgically. Clinical signs occurred soon after an episode of colic, then resolved by laparotomy with an uneventful general anaesthesia. The investigations undertaken to find the cause of the seizures concluded finally a tentative diagnosis of a cortical lesion associated with amaurosis due to possible brain hypoxia and/or trauma. The outcome of the presented case was satisfactory, as four months later on a control examination no further seizures had been reported, most neurological deficits had disappeared and vision had at least partially been restored.

  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Colic
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