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Management of a linear foreign body gastrointestinal obstruction in a miniature pig
  1. Anna Ehrle1,
  2. Amy Gillespie2 and
  3. Luis M Rubio-Martinez2
  1. 1Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2Institute of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Neston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anna Ehrle; annaehrle{at}


A four-year-old miniature pot-bellied pig was presented for treatment of suspected foreign body ingestion. Exploratory laparotomy identified a linear foreign body obstructing the pylorus, duodenum and proximal jejunum. In order to avoid small intestinal resection, combined gastrotomy and enterotomy of the proximal jejunum was performed to evacuate the foreign body. Necrotic areas at the enteromesenteric junction were oversewn. The foreign material was found to be part of a duvet the owners had provided as bedding for the pig. The pig made an uneventful recovery and was discharged from hospital care four days after surgery.

  • miniature pig
  • gastrointestinal
  • foreign body
  • gastrotomy
  • enterotomy
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  • Contributors All authors were actively involved in the animal’s care. AG was responsible for the care of the animal during hospitalisation, and AE and LMR-M performed the surgery. AE prepared the draft of the manuscript under the supervision of LMR-M. AG was involved in the preparation and editing of the manuscript.

  • 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.

  • Data availability statement No additional data are available.

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