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Open Access Surgical Treatment of Recurrent Rectal Prolapse in an Adult Female Black-crested Mangabey (Lophocebus aterrimus) by Colopexy

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A 13-y-old, multiparous female black-crested mangabey (Lophocebus aterrimus) underwent surgical treatment for chronically recurring rectal prolapse by laparotomy and subsequent colopexy. Initially, a laparoscopic approach was attempted but was converted to an open approach after intraabdominal adhesions were noted. The colopexy was performed through a ventral midline incision, with no complications intraoperatively or postoperatively. The predisposing factors responsible for the development of this condition likely were related to pelvic floor weakness due to multiple past pregnancies. Transport-associated stressors likely contributed to the acute worsening of this patient's condition. Rectal prolapse is a common condition in laboratory-housed NHP. This case report describes an effective surgical treatment for recurring or otherwise nonreducible rectal prolapse in these species.

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Affiliations: 1: Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 2: Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois;, Email: [email protected] 3: Veterinary Specialty Center, Buffalo Grove, Illinois 4: Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois

Publication date: February 1, 2018

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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