Acquired jejunal pseudodiverticula in a yearling Arabian filly

Louise L Southwood, Jennifer Cohen, Evita Busschers, Perry Habecker

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OBJECTIVE: To report a case of multiple acquired jejunal pseudodiverticula managed successfully by resection and jejunojejunostomy.

STUDY DESIGN: Clinical report.

ANIMALS: Arabian filly.

METHODS: The filly was referred for signs of acute colic of several hours duration and had a 2-week history of inappetence and weight loss. Three meters of thickened, edematous, and dilated jejunum removed during exploratory celiotomy had an intussusception and numerous diverticula; jejunojejunostomy performed. The pathoanatomic diagnosis was proliferative enteropathy with pseudodiverticula formation and jejunal muscular hypertrophy and diverticulosis. The diverticula appeared to be acquired; however, the exact cause was not determined.

RESULTS: There were no postoperative gastrointestinal complications and 1 year later, the filly was doing well.

CONCLUSION: Multiple acquired jejunal pseudodiverticula not associated with classic muscular hypertrophy can occur in young horses. Long-term prognosis seemingly can be excellent after resection and jejunojejunostomy.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Compared with other reports of small intestinal diverticula in horses, this case is unique because it was not congenital or associated with classic muscular hypertrophy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-6
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


  • Animals
  • Diverticulum
  • Female
  • Horse Diseases
  • Horses
  • Jejunal Diseases
  • Jejunum
  • Postoperative Care
  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article


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