Idiopathic cecal rupture in foals after anesthesia for gastric endoscopy. Academic Article uri icon


  • Cecal rupture has been reported as a complication of tape-worm infestation or parturition in horses. Often it occurs with no apparent predisposing factors. Spontaneous rupture on the medial surface of the cecum occurred in 2 of 19 foals, 12 to 24 hours after gastric endoscopy. The sites of rupture were identical in both foals. Rupture occurred despite prior deworming, withholding of food and water before anesthesia, and care in induction of anesthesia and recovery. Surgeons should be aware of the potential of cecal rupture in horses anesthetized for elective surgery.

published proceedings

  • J Am Vet Med Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Edwards, J. F., & Ruoff, W. W.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Edwards, JF||Ruoff, WW

publication date

  • April 1991