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Aneurysm of the cranial mesenteric artery in a cow
  1. PJ Steverink,
  2. R Kuiper and
  3. E Gruys
  1. Department of General and Large Animal Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.


An exploratory laparotomy of a four-year-old red Holstein cow with signs of abdominal discomfort revealed a painful pulsating mass in the cranial part of the abdomen. The cow died suddenly. A post mortem examination showed that a ruptured aneurysm of the cranial mesenteric artery had been the cause of death.

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