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Chyloabdomen in a neonatal foal
  1. CL Campbell-Beggs,
  2. PJ Johnson,
  3. DA Wilson and
  4. MA Miller
  1. Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri at Columbia 65211, USA.


A 12-hour-old female standardbred foal developed signs of abdominal pain, tachycardia, tachypnoea and fever associated with chylous ascites. Small intestinal obstruction was due to segmental, mid-jejunal lymphangiectasia. Post mortem examination revealed a lack of communication between afferent and efferent lymphatic vessels in the mesenteric lymphocentre, a defect which was suspected to be congenital.

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