AEMV-Lafeber Case Report: Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus in a Guinea Pig

Key Points

  • This case report earned second place in the 2018 AEMV Lafeber Company Student Case Report Contest.
  • An adult intact female guinea pig was presented with dysorexia, exhaustion, and weight loss.
  • Radiographic and ultrasound findings demonstrated severe gas dilatation of the stomach, severe gallbladder distension, and abnormalities of organ topography.
  • On laparotomy, a 180-degree gastric dilatation and volvulus was observed with gallbladder obstruction, hepatic lipidosis, and adhesions between the bowels. The guinea pig died 24 hours after surgery.
  • To the authors knowledge, this is the first report of gastric dilatation and volvulus with obvious signs of chronicity in a guinea pig.

An adult intact female guinea pig was presented with dysorexia, exhaustion and weight loss. Radiographic and ultrasound findings demonstrated a severe gas dilatation of the stomach, severe gallbladder distension, and abnormalities on the organ topography. On laparotomy, a 180-degree gastric dilatation and volvulus was noticed with a gallbladder obstruction, hepatic lipidosis, and adhesions between the bowels . . .


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