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Splenectomy for Treatment of Suppurative Splenitis caused by a Reticular Foreign Body in a Heifer

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To report the clinical findings and treatment of a heifer with suppurative splenitis. Study design:

Clinical report. Animals:

A 30-month-old heifer. Methods:

Splenectomy in the standing calf after local anesthesia and 13th rib resection. Results:

The heifer had an uneventful recovery but was culled because of septic tarsitis 3 months later. Conclusions:

Splenectomy is a useful treatment for cattle with traumatic splenitis if diagnosed early. Partial splenectomy may have prevented the late complication of septic tarsitis. Clinical Relevance:

Suppurative splenitis is usually a complication of hardware disease and has a grave prognosis unless splenectomy is carried out.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Farm Animals, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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