Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Abdomen: penetrating wounds

Contributor(s): Steve Adair, Graham Munroe

Introduction

  • There are a wide range of injuries subsequent to penetrating wounds of the abdomen.
  • These may range from a minor injury of the abdominal wall to intestinal +/- vascular perforation with septic and hemorrhagic shock.
  • All wounds should be treated as serious and require immediate attention.
  • Treatment can be difficult and expensive.

Etiology

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Clinical Signs

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prognosis

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Vatistas N J et al (1995) Gunshot injuries in horses - 22 cases (1971-1993). JAVMA 207 (9), 1198-1200 PubMed.
  • Hawkins J F, Bowman K F, Roberts M C & Cowen P (1993) Peritonitis in horses - 67 cases (1985-1990). JAVMA 203 (2), 284-288 PubMed.
  • Lindley W H (1976) Emergency surgery on a gored horse. Mod Vet Pract 57 (5), 375-376 PubMed.
  • Pouret E J (1973) Practical aspects of the treatment of difficult wounds. Equine Vet J (2), 52-57 PubMed.


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