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Successful treatment of a gastric trichobezoar in a guinea pig (Cavia aperea porcellus)


Theus, M; Bitterli, F; Foldenauer, U (2008). Successful treatment of a gastric trichobezoar in a guinea pig (Cavia aperea porcellus). Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, 17(2):148-151.

Abstract

A 3.5-year old female Angora guinea pig was examined because of a history of anorexia, abdominal pain and a palpable abdominal mass. Physical examination revealed a round, well defined mass in the cranial abdomen. The abdominal palpation was slightly painful. Ultrasonography showed a round hyperechogenic mass situated in the gastrointestinal tract, presumably the stomach. Abdominal exploratory surgery was performed and a foreign body in the stomach was palpated. Gastrotomy revealed a compact trichobezoar with 4 cm in diameter. The trichobezoar was removed and the postsurgical recovery of the guinea pig was uneventful. Four months after surgery the guinea pig was in good clinical condition. Prophylactic treatment consisted of a changed diet with a higher proportion of hay; additionally, the hair was kept short by the owner and an oral lubricant paste was given with the intention to lower the risk of recurrence.

Abstract

A 3.5-year old female Angora guinea pig was examined because of a history of anorexia, abdominal pain and a palpable abdominal mass. Physical examination revealed a round, well defined mass in the cranial abdomen. The abdominal palpation was slightly painful. Ultrasonography showed a round hyperechogenic mass situated in the gastrointestinal tract, presumably the stomach. Abdominal exploratory surgery was performed and a foreign body in the stomach was palpated. Gastrotomy revealed a compact trichobezoar with 4 cm in diameter. The trichobezoar was removed and the postsurgical recovery of the guinea pig was uneventful. Four months after surgery the guinea pig was in good clinical condition. Prophylactic treatment consisted of a changed diet with a higher proportion of hay; additionally, the hair was kept short by the owner and an oral lubricant paste was given with the intention to lower the risk of recurrence.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:April 2008
Deposited On:08 Sep 2008 07:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:27
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1557-5063
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jepm.2008.03.014

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