Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-3577
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.
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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.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals > Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology
|Deposited On:||08 Sep 2008 07:19|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 16:07|
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