Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal

Jejuno-jejunal intussusception in a guinea pig (Cavia porcellus)


Tara J. Fetzer and Christoph Mans*


School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA

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Abstract

An approximately four-year-old male castrated guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) was presented for painful defecation with a 24-hour history of hyporexia and intermittent episodes of rolling behavior. Upon presentation the patient was quiet, alert, and responsive, and mildly hypothermic. Abdominal palpation revealed an approximately 2-cm long oblong mass within the caudal abdomen. Abdominal radiographs revealed gastric dilation without volvulus and a peritoneal mass effect. The patient was euthanized following gastric reflux of brown malodorous fluid from his nares and oral cavity. A necropsy was performed and revealed a jejuno-jejunal intussusception causing mechanical gastrointestinal ileus, and gastric dilatation without volvulus. While non-obstructive gastrointestinal stasis is common and obstructive ileus is uncommon in guinea pigs, this report shows that intestinal intussusception is a differential in guinea pigs with ileus and gastric dilatation.

Keywords: Bloat, Colic, Gastric distention, Gastrointestinal tract, Rodent.

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Cite this paper:

Fetzer, T.J. and Mans, C. 2017. Jejuno-jejunal intussusception in a guinea pig (Cavia porcellus). Open Vet. J. 7(3), 286-289.