Grass as a linear gastrointestinal foreign body obstruction in four dogs

Joanna McCagherty, Donald Yool, Naomi Earley, Sam Woods

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SUMMARY
Four dogs presented with linear gastrointestinal foreign body (FB) obstruction caused by impacted grass fibres.
The material had become anchored within the pylorus in three dogs, causing necrosis and perforation of the
mesenteric border of the affected intestinal segment.
Gastrotomy and intestinal resection and anastomosis
were performed. The fourth case presented acutely with
no intestinal necrosis or perforation, with the fibres
removed via enterotomy. One dog suffered severe
postoperative ileus that failed to respond to medical
management. Continued deterioration prompted
euthanasia 12 days postoperatively. The other three dogs
survived and were discharged without complication.
Grass has not previously been reported as a cause
of linear gastrointestinal obstruction in dogs. It has,
however, the potential to cause severe necrosis and
perforation of the intestine and should be recognised as
a potential linear FB in dogs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVet Record Case Reports
Volume8
Issue number2
Early online date24 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2020

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