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Management of acute bleeding in a shetland pony during surgery for foreign body removal
  1. Daniele Corona1,
  2. Herve' Brunisholz2,
  3. Hannah Junge3 and
  4. Regula Bettschart-Wolfensberger1
  1. 1Department for Clinical Diagnostics and Services, Section of Anaesthesiology, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  2. 2Equine Department Clinic for Equine Surgery, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  3. 3Equine Department Clinic for Equine Internal Medicine, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniele Corona; ceres76{at}


A 180-kg, male neutered 15-year-old shetland pony was referred to the authors’ clinic with a chronic purulent wound on the left flank and mild weight loss. Surgical treatment under sedation with local anaesthesia was already attempted twice, but each time within two months a new fistula was evident. Abdominal ultrasound exam revealed a possible abscess in the abdomen with no clear margins, indicative of extension of infected tissue or the presence of a foreign body. General anaesthesia for wound curettage surgery was scheduled. Complication during anaesthesia was a massive unexpected acute bleeding from adhesions of the abscess to the spleen, caused by a foreign body which had probably perforated the stomach.

  • anaesthesia
  • horses
  • haemorrhage
  • equine
  • bleeding
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  • Contributors DC: author and executive of the case report. RB-W: supervisor and coauthor of the case report, and assisted in the revision of the paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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