Rectal packing as initial management of grade 3 rectal tears. Academic Article uri icon


  • Grade 3 rectal tears were created in 14 horses. Epidural anaesthesia was maintained in all horses for 8 h post injury. In seven horses with cotton filled stockinette packing the rectum, neither gross faecal contamination nor progression of the rectal tear occurred. Seven horses without rectal packing developed faecal contamination of the rectal tear with formation of a faeces filled serosal or mesorectal diverticulum.

published proceedings

  • Equine Vet J Suppl

author list (cited authors)

  • Baird, A. N., Taylor, T. S., & Watkins, J. P

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Baird, AN||Taylor, TS||Watkins, JP

publication date

  • June 1989