Evisceration in a thoroughbred gelding following application of a
topical chemotherapy agent for the treatment of sarcoids.
This report describes the evisceration of the jejunum following acute
dehiscence of the abdominal wall in an 18 year old gelding which had
undergone treatment for suspected sarcoids on the ventral abdomen with a
topical caustic/chemotherapy agent 6 weeks previously. The sarcoid
lesions appeared to be responding appropriately to the topical therapy
until the day of presentation. The jejunum was safely contained in an
abdominal bandage and the horse underwent emergency referral before
immediate anaesthesia and further assessment. The horse was euthanased
at the owners’ request following a guarded prognosis.