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Small-intestinal Fibrosis in Horses

By

Allison J. Stewart

, BVSC (Hons), MS, DACVIM-LA, DACVECC, The University of Queensland

Last full review/revision Sep 2013 | Content last modified Sep 2013

Extensive fibrosis of the submucosa of the small intestine has been associated with weight loss and recurrent colic in adult horses on pasture in northern Colorado. All affected horses died or were euthanized because of their deteriorating condition. The cause is unknown.

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